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Barnes & Nobles releases new Nook for $50 this Black Friday

screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-3-01-30-pmBarnes & Nobles just announced the new Nook Tablet 7. It is the company most affordable Nook device ever with a price of $49.99.  With previous Nooks priced at more than $100 new Nook Tablet 7 is a Barnes & Nobles entrances to a completely new niche of dirt cheap tablets. With declining sales of Nooks (Nook sales declined 24.5% from last year to $41.0 million for the first quarter) it is not clear if new Nook Tablet 7 is going to bring back the momentum in Barnes & Nobles tablet game.

Nook Tablet 7 is priced to match a competitor Kindle Fire 7 tablet from Amazon which is also priced at $49.99. Performance details are not yet available so we are not able to comment on it at this moment.

Nook Tablet 7 has potentially enticing feature for some customers with Google Play store available on the device. Kindle Fire 7 has its own Amazon only app store and there is no way to use Google Play store without hacking the device.

Specs look very similar to Amazon Kindle Fire 7 tablet with Nook Tablet 7 featuring:

  • 1,024×600-pixel resolution with 171 ppi
  • 7-inch IPS display
  • Dimensions: 7.40×4.20×0.39 (HWD)
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Full access to Android apps in the Google Play store
  • Front camera (VGA), rear camera 2MP
  • Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, watching videos and web browsing
  • More than a million books priced under $4.99
  • Discovery delivered daily with B&N Readouts

Nook Tablet 7 will be available in all Barnes & Nobles stores on Black Friday day.

According to authorearnings.com Nook has 8% of the e-reader market while Amazon has 71%.

Barnes and Nobles plans to release next Nook tablet

Nook GlowlightBarnes & Nobles stopped working on its Nook brand couple of years ago. Instead it started working with 3rd party manufacturers to co-brand their devices with Nook name. But now it looks like Barnes & Nobles has restarted work on its own Nook devices again with planned release of Nook device called Nook Tablet 7. The device just passed FCC. FCC documents don’t have much information in them but at least they have information that new Nook device will run on Android and will have Google Play store on it.

Nook Tablet 7 rumored specs are following:

  • MediaTek MTM8163 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with Mali-T720 MP2 graphics
  • front and rear cameras
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • mico-USB port
  • microSD card slot available

It is possible that Nook Tablet 7 will directly compete with $50 Amazon Kindle Fire tablet offering but it is just a speculation at this point. We need to wait and see actual device to draw conclusions. We hope that we will find out soon and device may show up for upcoming holidays.