B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

Summary:Rumored to debut at $250, does the Nook Tablet stand a chance against the Amazon Kindle Fire this holiday?

New addition to the Nook family, the Nook Tablet? Image from The Digital Reader

New addition to the Nook family, the Nook Tablet? Image from The Digital Reader

We're expecting Barnes & Noble to unveil an Amazon Kindle Fire rival in New York on Monday, but details on the new device have been tightly guarded -- that is until yesterday when both Engadget and The Digital Reader posted the same leaked documents with pricing and specs on the new Nook Tablet (pictured right).

Neither tech sites explained the origins of the following Nook-related pages but here is what they say about the so-called Nook Color 2:

  • Display: 7" touchscreen
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU  (TI OMAP4)
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB plus a SD Card slot (expandable up to 32 GB; possible dual-boot with Android if it's anything like the Nook Color)
  • Battery Life: 4 hours for videos; 8 hours with Wi-Fi off
  • Weight: 400 g
  • Pre-orders start on November 7, arrive by November 16 in the U. S.
  • Works with Hulu Plus, Netflix Pandora and more
  • $250

Specs comparision between the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire. Image from Engadget
Specs comparison between the Nook Tablet and Amazon Kindle Fire. Image from Engadget

Nook Tablet leaked features. Image from Engadget

Nook Tablet leaked features. Image from Engadget

If these documents are legit, then it seems the Nook Tablet will run slightly faster than the Kindle Fire as it has more RAM, offers more on-board storage, is more flexible to use with its internal SD Card slot, and supports more file formats like ePUB. But it will cost an extra $50 over the Kindle Fire, which makes no bones about selling the hardware at a loss to nab customers for its vast content ecosystem: music, movies, cloud services, shopping and even a personal e-library for Prime members. Of course, we will find out soon enough what the Nook Tablet will really offer to compete with the Kindle Fire, so hold off from cancelling your Kindle Fire pre-order just yet.

[Source: The Digital Reader, Engadget]


Topics: Tablets, Amazon


Gloria Sin is a New York-based freelance journalist who writes about the tech toys that you can't live without for ZDNet. She has little patience for poorly designed user experiences, and is not afraid of opening the guts of her own machines for repair or hacking her gadgets for new uses.She has written for FastCompany.com, Popular Scienc... Full Bio

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