Nokia N1 tablet
 The Nokia N1 has been a hit in two flash sales held in China IBTimes UK

Finnish technology giant Nokia has officially launched its first tablet called the Nokia N1 that runs Google's Android operating system.

Being an Android-exclusive tablet, the Nokia N1 generated a lot of pre-launch hype and was reportedly sold out within minutes during flash sales held in China on 9 and 15 January.

According to a NokiaPowerUser report, nearly 20,000 units of Nokia's N1 tablet were sold out in just four minutes during the first flash sale, which was followed by a rapid sell-out of the device during the second one held on 15 January.

Now, potential buyers of Nokia's first Android tablet have yet another opportunity to lay their hands on the $258 (1599 yuan, £170) device.

22 January flash sale

Prospective buyers of the Nokia N1 need to register themselves in order to purchase the tablet during the 22 January flash sale.

Nokia N1 set to reach Europe soon

As of now, Nokia's N1 is available for purchase only in China, but the device is expected to reach European shores soon, according an NDTV Gadgets report.

The USP of the Nokia N1 is its $258 price tag which should make it a budget alternative to Apple's iPad Mini 3 that has starts at $353 (£233).

The device's Android 5.0 operating platform should also do well to complement its price tag.

Key hardware aspects of the Nokia N1 tablet:

  • 7.9in display; having resolutions of 2048x1536; enclosed within Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop) operating system straight out of the box
  • Nokia Z launcher
  • 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor
  • 8MP primary camera
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and microUSB connectivity
  • Fixed 5,300 mAh Li-Ion battery