Barnes and Noble is going to be releasing a new tablet on November 14th called the Nook Tablet 10.1. This device will retail for $129.99 and it has 32GB of storage space for building an extensive digital library. The tablet also has multi-function use, including a front and rear camera, headphone jack, Bluetooth capability, and pogo pins to easily connect to a NOOK keyboard or a NOOK charging dock.
The resolution of the Nook Tablet 10.1 is 1920 x 12000 Pixels and has 224 PPI. It provides up to 8.5 hours of reading watching videos and web browsing. It is currently unknown what type of processor it is employing and how much RAM is available, but I surmise for the $129 price, it isn’t very good. It supports microSD cards up to 256GB in size, and it has one advantage over Amazon’s tablets — you can receive free in-store support at Barnes & Noble locations.
This device is running Google Android, but the bookseller has not disclosed what version it is running. You will be able to install all of your favorite apps via Google Play. Barnes and Noble told me that they skinned the UI differently on this tablet, then the Nook Tablet 7 that came out last year.
There will be a “cookbook bundle” promotion starting November 22nd that lets you pick up a NOOK Tablet 10.1 plus a charging dock for $160 and get $50 worth of Good Housekeeping digital cookbooks.
“The new Nook 10.1 provides a complete reading and entertainment experience on our biggest display yet,” Chief Digital Officer Bill Wood says in the release. “The soft-touch feel and lightweight design make it a perfect holiday gift for readers who want to enjoy their favorite books for hours, while also being able to browse, watch shows, listen to music, or send emails all from one device. The NOOK 10.1 is truly a game changer for the Nook lineup.”
Barnes and Noble has the tablet available as a pre-order for $129, which makes it very cheap. You would likely get more value out of this device, than the Amazon Fire 10. It is currently unknown when the charging dock and keyboard will be available, they are currently not listed on their website.
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.