Nokia N1 Review: Rebirth: Performance

By 03:12 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


Performance

The Nokia N1 is an Intel-powered tablet, the Atom Z3580 chipset specifically. ARM-based devices are more common, but the Atom brings four 64-bit enabled Central Processing Units (CPU) cores at 2.3Giga Hertz (GHz) and a PowerVR G6430 GPU (same GPU as the iPad mini 3). They are hooked up with 2GB of RAM.


The processor is fairly capable, Geekbench 3 places it on par with an octa-core processor in the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Exynos 5420) or a quad-core Krait 400 in the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (Snapdragon 801). Nvidia's Tegra K1 chipsets, both of them, have a solid advantage.

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GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    3470

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    3276

  • Nokia N1

    2835

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Exynos)

    2781

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    2748

  • Apple iPad mini 3

    2486

The HTC-made Nexus 9 uses the Tegra K1 with a dual-core Denver processor, which doubles the performance of the Atom cores both individually and as a group. The Tegra K1 in the Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 uses four Cortex-A15 cores and is quite quick too.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    5358

  • Nokia N1

    2570

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    12745

  • Nokia N1

    6605

Full-system performance falls between the common Snapdragon 80x tablets like the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the beastly Nexus 9.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    1540

  • Nokia N1

    1166

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    60297

  • Nokia N1

    46547

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    42505

Moving on to gaming performance, the iPads have proven the GPU is solid, especially at the 1,536 x 2,048px resolution. On-classy screen tests show playable frame rates on the older GFX 2.7 benchmark, though bleeding edge titles will not run at their max at full resolution. Games optimized for the iPad will be pretty easy to go over to the Nokia N1 and run at the same speed/graphics level.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    46.2

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    39.6

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    28.1

  • Nokia N1

    25.3

  • Apple iPad mini 3

    23

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Exynos)

    13.6

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    22.6

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    19.8

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    11.7

  • Nokia N1

    9.6

  • Apple iPad mini 3

    8.9

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Exynos)

    2.9

The raw GPU performance has been outshone by Nvidia's mobile Tegra GPU so a Nexus 9 or Nvidia's own Shield tablet will create a more serious gaming platform. Still, performance is comparable to an Adreno 330, which is quite popular on phones and tablets.

Note that both the Nexus 9 and Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 render classy screen content at the same resolution as the Nokia N1.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    60.2

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    53.1

  • Nokia N1

    29.7

  • Apple iPad mini 3

    28.2

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    27.7

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Exynos)

    20.5

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    31.5

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    27.3

  • Apple iPad mini 3

    13.1

  • Nokia N1

    13

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    12

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Exynos)

    5.6

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    28244

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    24456

  • Apple iPad mini 3

    14781

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    12911

  • Nokia N1

    12839

For web browsing Nokia has provided a version of the vanilla Android browser and the results are quite good. JavaScript performance matches the iPad (Apple has a better optimized engine) and leaves a long-time Android player in the dust. Raw Central Processing Units (CPU) performance lets the Nexus and Mi Pad hold the lead.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    3953

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    4647

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Exynos)

    4927

  • Nokia N1

    5154

  • Apple iPad mini 3

    5382

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    6500

Full web page rendering isn't hindered by super high resolutions and you can expect an experience similar to a Galaxy Tab S 8.4 or an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The Nexus 9 pulls way ahead, while the Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 lags behind.

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • HTC Nexus 9

    2588

  • Nokia N1

    1693

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Exynos)

    1681

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    1467

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    952

The Nokia N1 offers fine all-round performance for the upper mid-range market. Newer chipsets in phones are outpacing it, but those will hold a while to trickle down to this price range. Nvidia currently rules the gaming market, but that aside popular compact tablets do not offer better performance for apps, games or browsing.


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