One month after it announced a large Nook tablet, Barnes & Noble today revealed a smaller 7-inch version which may make more sense for its customers.
“The new NOOK 7-inch tablet is a lightweight and affordable option for book lovers who also want the ability to browse, send emails, and listen to music,” B&N’s Bill Wood says. “We think this new tablet will delight both current NOOK users as well as introduce new customers to this affordable NOOK device.”
The new Nook 7″ tablet is an alternative to Amazon’s line of Kindle Fire HD tablets. But it comes with a major advantage: It’s a real Android tablet that comes with the Google Play Store. So you run any Android apps you want, including the Kindle app if you’re so inclined.
The Nook 7″ costs only $49, but you’ll want to upgrade it past its meager 16 GB of storage if you want to do more than read e-books. It features a 7-inch IPS display panel running at 1024 x 600. That isn’t particularly high-end, of course. But again, it’s competing with similar Amazon tablets.
The new Nook 7″ follows the pointless Nook 10.1-inch, which you’ll note uses a different naming style for some reason. But this is the Note that Barnes & Noble needed: Big Android tablets are running Chrome OS these days.
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