Nokia Unveils N1 Android Tablet in Return to Devices Market

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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