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Barnes and Noble officially announces Nook Tablet 7"

The Nook Tablet 7" is an answer to Amazon's Fire Tablet. (Source: Barnes and Noble)
The Nook Tablet 7" is an answer to Amazon's Fire Tablet. (Source: Barnes and Noble)
The Nook Tablet 7" is official, and its ready to take on the Fire tablet from rival Amazon. Will the budget priced Nook be a boon or a bust for the bookseller?

Barnes and Noble is officially back in the tablet market. After dropping the NOOK brand, the bookseller relied on Samsung to produce the tablets sold in its stores. However, a new NOOK branded tablet was officially announced yesterday. Spotted earlier as it made its way through the FCC, the NOOK Tablet 7” is a budget priced Android tablet that hopes to be an alternative to Amazon’s popular Fire Tablet.

The NOOK Tablet 7” has specifications the expected for an Android tablet in this price range:

  • Quad-core Mediatek MT8163 processor
  • Mali-T720 MP2 graphics
  • 8 GB onboard storage
  • up to 128 GB expandable storage via microSD
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Mirco USB 2.0
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • 1024x600 resolution touchscreen

The display is an IPS panel, but the low resolution is disappointing. Overall, the NOOK Tablet 7” is a budget device through and through, and the specs are fairly underwhelming but in line with the price.

The device will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and users will have full access to the Google Play Store. This isn’t too surprising as Barnes and Noble closed down its own NOOK app store earlier this year.

In addition, the device will come pre-installed with Barnes and Noble apps, including B&N Readout. Barnes and Noble describes the software as “an innovative feature that brings the pleasures of bookstore browsing and discovery to the NOOK digital experience.” According to the press release:

“Leveraging Barnes & Noble’s vast content catalog and deep bookseller knowledge, B&N Readouts delivers compelling two-minute book excerpts as well as full articles from current issues of popular periodicals. These mobile-friendly quick reads are tailored to users’ favorite genres and subjects and optimized for sharing. A delightful tasting menu for readers of every interest, B&N Readouts is curated by Barnes & Noble’s editors to surprise and delight always-on, on-the-go customers.”

The NOOK Tablet 7” will be available at Barnes and Noble stores or online through their website start November 25.


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Sam Medley, 2016-11-17 (Update: 2016-11-17)