Barnes and Noble is working on a next generation Nook Tablet that has the model number BNTV800. The device was posted on a benchmarking website, which is the same one used by Amazon a few weeks before they announced their latest line of HDX tablets.
The new Nook Tablet is running on the companies skinned version of Android, but this time it has a modern iteration of the OS with 4.2.2. Even more importantly, there seems to be a quad-core 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU beneath the hood, which is a significant step up from the Nook HD and HD+ released last year. The 7-inch Nook HD came packing a modest and now no longer in production dual-core 1.3 GHz TI OMAP 4470 SoC, and the 9-inch HD+ touted the same mediocre chip, only running at a slightly higher 1.5 GHz clock speed.
The only other notable tidbit to come out of the benchmark, is the resolution of 1,620 x 1,008. Likely this will be a seven inch tablet, with a larger one in production, but nothing is known about it yet.
If Barnes and Noble intends on getting this out the door by the holiday season, they are under the gun. They still have not filed FCC certification which leads me to believe that they will release it sometime before Mothers Day.
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 CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.