Barnes and Noble abandoned making their own tablets in 2013 and forged a relationship with Samsung to rebrand their devices. The Samsung for Nook line has been sold in all 600 bookselling locations for the last three years and it now looks like B&N wants more control over the hardware and it looks like they are back in the tablet game, designing their own devices.
According to FCC documents B&N has just developed a new seven inch Nook branded tablet that is designed to compete against the $50 Amazon Fire.
Here is what we know the hardware will have
- MediaTek MT8163 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with Mali-T720 MP2 graphics
- 3000, 11.1 Wh mAh battery
- 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Front and rear cameras
- Mono speaker and 3.5mm headset jack
- Micro USB prot
- microSD card slot
The new Nook tablet will have full access to the Google Play Store, since B&N shuttered their own app store earlier this year. It will also have the same type of e-reading apps that have been pre-loaded on the Samsung tablets, users will be able to use Nook Readouts, have access to their cloud library and read all of their e-books and magazines.
I think the main reasons why B&N is resurrecting their hardware is because Samsung does not make really cheap tablets and this forced the nation’s largest bookseller to develop their own. This is a great move on their part and this new device should be hitting retail shelves sometime in the next month or two.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.