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Just months after Nokia sold its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet. Nokia, once the world's top mobile phone maker, on Tuesday unveiled the N1, a 7.9-inch Android tablet that will launch early next year in China. The N1 will be manufactured by Taiwan-based Foxconn, which makes Apple's handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership with Microsoft in 2011. That partnership ended unsuccessfully — in April Nokia sold its cellphones unit to Microsoft for $7.2 billion. Sebastian Nystrom, head of at Nokia's technologies unit, described the N1 tablet as "a new beginning for Nokia." Priced at around $250, the N1 resembles an iPad Mini. It features a 6.9mm thick one-piece aluminum frame, an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel snapper on the front, a 2.4Ghz Intel Atom quad-core processor and 32GB of storage. It runs on Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system.
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