Barnes & Noble has thrown down the gauntlet against the Amazon Fire by unveiling its own $50 slate. The NOOK Tablet 7″ launches Black Friday.
Unlike its rival, the Barnes & Noble offering will have a standard version of Android so it will have access to the full Google Play Store. Specifically, it is going to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a quad-core processor.
The device will bring access to over 4.5 million ebooks, including more than 1 million titles priced under $5. User can also listen to nearly 80,000 digital audiobooks, including 9,500 free titles.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7” Details
There will be 8 GB of built-in memory, and this will be expandable by up to 128 GB with an optional microSD card. Ebooks purchased from Barnes & Noble can be stored on an external card. In another change from the Amazon Fire, the NOOK will support EPUB, PDF, and a range of other popular ebook formats.
Obviously, this tablet will have a 7-inch display. Its resolution will be 1024 x 600 resolution, giving it a 171 ppi pixel density.
The NOOK Tablet 7″ is going to include dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth, 5 MP rear camera, and a 2 MP front camera. Barnes & Noble promises up to 7 hours of reading, watching videos, and web browsing.
Some details about this product will apparently have to wait until the debut of this product, like processor speed and the amount of RAM.