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

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?

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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]

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  • I don't think 50.00 is a deal breaker.

    I would guess the difference between the two the fire and nook would be the ecosystems each company provides its customers. Also the ease in which each company makes getting to and using said ecosystems.

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
  • Did you notice what word is absent?

    Android.

    These are not being sold as Android tablets. These are being sold as upscale eReaders, not tablets to compete with iPad.

    There is no competition to the iPad. This is a sick market. We all lose.
    toddybottom
    • Stop with the sweeping words like "we"

      @toddybottom ... You can't speak for me and like the word everyone I am also part of we:). As for you being a loser... Well.<br><br>Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

        @James Quinn We are the 99%?
        eswarjj
      • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

        @eswarjj Occupy ZDNet?
        athynz
    • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

      @toddybottom Stop. Just stop. Enough with the "sick market" crap already... there are enough "broken record" types on here without adding even more needless and speculative repetitions.<br><br>We already know that both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are running a version of Android - in the Nook's case it can (if it's like it's immediate predecessor the Nook Color) be quite easily rooted or even dual booted via an SDCard and with those specs will make a very nice Android based tablet. At $250 bucks it's way better than an iPad. And I'm saying that AS an iOS proponent... <br><br>As far as the Nook Tablet vs the Amazon Kindle Fire the Nook will be the clear winner - for $50 bucks more one gets a slightly faster processor, more ram, more on board storage, and an SDCard slot which can be used for media and app storage. And if one roots the Nook Tablet (if it's even needed depending on if B&N runs their own version of Android or the full Android OS) then one can also add the Amazon App Market, the Kindle Reader, and any Android app optimized for tablet use. IMHO the Nook Tablet is the best deal.<br><br>So to sum up NOT a sick market, Kindle Fire is a decent tablet but the Nook Tablet looks to be a much better deal.
      athynz
      • There are millions of people who will root these

        @Pete "athynz" Athens <br>Oh no. Wait. There won't be.<br><br>Neither of these compete with the iPad. They are both going to be left in their locked, non Android state by 99.9% of people.<br><br>It is a sick market. We all lose.
        toddybottom
      • As for these being better than iPad, on what planet?

        @Pete "athynz" Athens
        "At $250 bucks it's way better than an iPad"

        No. Android has creaky plastic and many times slower vector floating point arithmetic and GPU ray tracing graphics calculations. Also the Android has no glue in its screens while iPad has a lot of glue which makes it better. Something about light refracting. Finally, there are almost no Android tablet apps and it cannot access the biggest mobile ecosystem in the world. You will be stuck running malware infested phone applications that look and act horribly on a larger screen.

        Even unlocked this is no competition for the iPad and remember, there will only be a small handful of people who will ever unlock these.

        It is a sick market. We all lose.
        toddybottom
      • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

        @toddybottom Again with the "sick market" thing... nevermind that it is needlessly repetitive and simply not true.

        [b]Neither of these compete with the iPad. They are both going to be left in their locked, non Android state by 99.9% of people.[/b]

        Ummm they ARE limited Android tablets with the STOCK OS... they run apps, surf the net, access email, can play media. Full Android simply opens up the device to the Android App Market and allows more apps to be installed. And really this is all a bit speculative as we have yet to see either one in the wild nor do we know for a fact if they are running a limited version of Android or the fully flavored version.

        As for 99.9% of users not rooting it - do you have any facts that support your figures?
        athynz
      • Name anything that competes well with the iPad

        @Pete "athynz" Athens
        Go ahead. I'm not the one calling it an iPad market. I'm simply agreeing with those who have called it that. It is called the iPad market because nothing competes with iPad. That is the definition of a sick market. That is why we all lose.

        As far as why I believe few will root these? Few consumers do anything to change any of the defaults on the devices they buy, even when they are allowed to. The jailbreak community is tiny. The Nook Color Android Tablet community is tiny.

        These are not being sold as Android tablets. They are not marketed as Android tablets. Don't forget that the ZDNet geek community is not representative of the real world. You Apple fanbois keep reminding us of that and you Apple fanbois happen to be totally right in this case.

        These do not compete with iPad in the mind of the general consumer and the general consumer is the reason why Apple sells 10s of millions of iPads a year and why 10s of millions of Android Tablets sit on warehouse shelves collecting dust.

        It is a sick market. We all lose. (and yes, that is true considering iPad has 95% of the market).
        toddybottom
      • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

        @toddybottom
        There is no competition to the iPad. This is a sick market. We all lose.

        Wait you're talking about iPad and not Windows..
        anono
      • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

        @Pete "athynz" Athens You are forgetting that the Kindle Fire does not need more on board memory, it can access all you have in your cloud storage, which is far more than the 32 GB SD card.
        kloveloc@...
      • This Stupid Consumer wants rooted Fire or Nook

        @Pete "athynz" Athens

        I maybe one of those millions. Need small flexible 7" for my purse. I need it rooted for a special app that is on my phone and not in amazon or nooks app stores for my volunteer work. I don't want to pay ipad price. Just trying to decide which one. I buy something bigger or faster for my business. Fortunately my husband can follow rooting instruction off the internet. So get going you techies out there. Thanks. Just a basic consumer who likes her freedom.
        ten2sys
    • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

      @toddybottom
      There is no competition to the iPad. This is a sick market. We all lose.

      Wait you're talking about iPad and not Windows.
      anono
    • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

      @toddybottom
      Actually the samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 kills an ipad side by side and is cheaper. I just bought 4 new ones for $368 each shipped free used ebats and got 5% cash back on them too. The ipad is really a crap product that for some reason sells well. even the apple junkies here at work play with the Tab and get jealous. Its better looking, does much more and is half the price of the ipad.
      Fletchguy
    • Re: Did you notice what word is absent?

      @toddybottom Good point. And when you go to buy a PC, you notice what words are absent? "Microsoft" and "Windows". Because it's taken for granted that any PC you buy will run Windows. Just like it's being taken for granted that these ultramobile devices will run Android.

      Here are some more words missing from the advertising: "Apple" and "Ipad". Because Apple's devices don't define the category any more.
      ldo17
  • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

    They have a typo in their summary of features. When describing the processor they state it's 1GB dual core. The chart says it has 1GB of ram and the processor is 1.2Ghz. Gigabytes and Gigahertz. This might not have seen an editor yet.
    Admin71
    • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

      @toddybottom Oh really Toddy? Well then I guess we all lose because it's a Windows market also? My god does your mother still dress you and tie your shoes. Everyone here knows you NZ, and knows of your hatred of Apple.....

      Time to grow up!
      Rapid Rec
  • Make the Nook a full Droid Tablet...

    Even better, grab the 'old' Nook color and make it full Android:
    http://droid4nook.com/
    friedsonjm@...
    • RE: B&N's Nook Tablet details leaked ahead of launch

      @friedsonjm@... Yup - I did that... I use an SDCard and dual boot the stock Nook OS and I use CyanogenMod 7... I have to admit I'm really wanting the new Nook Tablet though - I may get it after Christmas and give my daughter my Nook Color.
      athynz