Barnes and Noble has just announced the Nook Tablet 7 and it is going to be available on November 25th. This device is going to cost $49, which should make it an impulse item and the bookseller is hoping to sell a boatload.
The Nook Tablet 7 features a seven inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and 171 PPI. Underneath the hood is a quadcore 1.3GHz MediaTek CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and it has an SD card that is capable of an additional 128GB.
There are two cameras on the new Nook tablet, a front facing 2 MP snapper and a rear 5 MP. There is also a MicroUSB port, dual band wireless internet access, 3.5mm headphone jack and a single mono speaker.
On the software side of things this is running Android 6.0 and has Google Play. You will be able to download over a million apps and games. It also features an enhanced digital bookstore experience with B&N Readouts, which brings the pleasures of bookstore browsing and discovery to the NOOK digital experience, and access to a growing library of NOOK Audiobooks and a huge selection of digital magazines and newspapers through the NOOK Newsstand. NOOK Tablet 7” also supports NOOK Profiles, enabling families to customize up to 6 profiles that turn the tablet into a personalized reading and entertainment center. Parents will appreciate the ease of setting up profiles for their children with lots of relevant kid-friendly NOOK content for them to enjoy, while managing appropriate content and access to the NOOK Store.
The Nook Tablet 7 is primarily competing against the $50 Fire Tablet from Amazon. The new Nook has the exact same specs as the 2015 Fire, except that it’s using the 2016 Fire HD 8 CPU. This is the first official Nook branded hardware since 2012 and unlike the Fire it does not have any advertising on it, which might make it the better buy.
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