Nokia's N1 Android tablet went on sale in China yesterday and sold out in four minutes. Here we reveal the UK release date, price and specs to show you exactly why the Nokia N1 is so popular. Also see: Best Android tablets 2014 and Best tablets 2014.

Nokia N1: UK price 

The Nokia N1 will cost $249. A straight conversion to sterling is £158, but don't expect to get it that cheap in the UK. Also see: Which tablet should you buy? Tablets buying advice 

Nokia N1: UK release date 

The Nokia N1 launched in China on 8 February, and with strong consumer demand it sold out in just four minutes. Russia and EU markets will follow. Also see: Tablet Advisor

Nokia N1: Video 

Nokia N1: Specs 

The Nokia N1 is an Android Lollipop 5.0 tablet running Nokia Z Launcher. This is unlike other launchers in that it strips back Android to reveal only the basics, such as the time, date, an upcoming calendar event, a few apps, web pages and contacts - it will learn to display those you use most frequently. At the bottom are shortcuts to the dialler, Hangouts, Google Maps, Chrome and the apps menu. 

Z Launcher also features Scribble, which lets you scribble letters on the launcher to quickly open an app - for example, T for Twitter. 

Nokia Z Launcher isn't restricted to the Nokia N1 - you can get it now from ZLauncher.com 

The N1 is fitted with a 7.9in (4:3, 2048x1536) IPS panel. It has a 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 64-bit processor, which it pairs with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of storage and 533MHz PowerVR G6430 graphics.  

The Nokia N1 has a unibody aluminium design, measuring 138.6x6.9x200.7mm and weighing 318g. It's available in natural aluminium or lava grey. 

There are front- and rear-facing cameras - 5Mp (fixed focus) and 8Mp (autofocus) - which support 1080p video recording. The Nokia N1 also has two 0.5W stereo speakers. 

The Nokia N1 features dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0, and offers a 3.5mm audio jack and a reversible Micro-USB port. 

A 5300mAh battery should offer 9 hours battery life.

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