Nokia has skipped back into the hardware industry with the launch of the N1 7.9-inch tablet running the Android operating system.
Microsoft bought the Nokia phone and services last year for $7.2 billion then the Finnish business has obvious to return to the customer market.
The N1 tablet, which looks a lot like Apple’s iPad Mini, will be built in firm with Foxconn – the company that producers Apple’s iPhones and iPads.
The N1 has a 2.4Ghz quad core processor and 32GB of internal memory and will be priced at $250.
The device has a very similar design to the iPad Mini right down to the rounded edges and screen size. It is 6.9mm thick and weighs 318g.
It also has an 8-megapixel camera on the back and 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The firm says the N1 tablet will be the first of several devices out under the Nokia name that maybe include an Android smartphone.
This comes after rumors Microsoft is set to drip the Nokia name from its smartphones and tablets in favor of the Lumia brand.
The Nokia N1 tablet running the Android operating system
Nokia was the best-selling leader in the mobile market until Apple twisted the smartphone market on its crown with the iPhone in 2007.
At that time Nokia decided to stay with its Symbian OS while Apple developed its iOS software and Google was working on Android.
The companies lining up to take on Apple in the growing smartphone market decided to implement the open Android system to run on their devices with firms like Samsung and HTC vividly increasing their market portion.
Nokia, in the meantime, decided in contradiction of using Android and its slip in the mobile market had begun.
The move this week with Nokia conclusive to run Android on its new N1 tablet and maybe its future smartphones may see the start of the company’s hike back up the smartphone ranks.
One can only visualize where Nokia would be today if it decided to adopt Android on its devices before Samsung and Apple starting dominating the market.