After five Nook tablets developed in cooperation with Samsung, Barnes & Noble decided to offer for the 2016 holiday season Nook-only branded device with basic features and a competitive price.
The new device is simply named Nook Tablet 7 and costs as low $49.99. It’s the same as Amazon’s entry-level Amazon Fire 7.
Don’t expect too much from a device that’s under $50. Nook Tablet 7 offers 8 GB internal memory (expandable via microSD slot), 1024 × 600 px display, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow enhanced with the special interface designed to make buying and managing Nook content easier.
Some tech blogs say that Nook Tablet 7 has 5 MP rear and 2 MP front cameras, but this is not true. Someone have mistaken Nook Tablet 7 with the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A Nook, and others copies the tech specs.
The only info about cameras on the Nook Tablet 7 product detail page is that there are two cameras: the front one is VGA, and the rear one is 2 MP.
Nook Tablet 7 was announced on November 16, and available for pre-order on Barnes & Noble’s website.
The official release date is set for Black Friday 2016 – November 25. On that day, the new Nook goes on sale in 638 Barnes & Noble stores across the US.
We have to keep in mind that Barnes & Noble launched the 7-inch Nook this year already. It’s Samsung Galaxy Tab A Nook 7.
Moving towards the low-cost device looks like a desperate step to compete with Amazon’s concept of the cheap tablet with full access to the powerful ecosystem.
The rush is seen in the availability of accessories. Unlike the tablets launched together with Samsung, there are only few cases for the 2016 Nook Tablet. To be precise, it’s two models (heavy-duty kids’ case and the book style cover) in a few colors each.
Nook Tablet 7 (2016) – comparisons
The only comparison that makes sense is against Amazon’s Fire 7 tablet introduced a year ago.
Both tablets are astonishingly similar when you look at tech details (see the table below).
Amazon Fire 7 has a version with a twice bigger internal memory, and comes in a few colors, what Nook lacks.
On the other hand, the new Nook is a bit lighter, smaller, thinner, and has a soft-touch back.
These two devices offer tech specs that were attractive a couple of years ago. Instead of analyzing what the devices lack, users who are willing to spend no more than $50 on a tablet should think about what the connected ecosystems offer.
Nook Tablet 7 vs. Amazon Fire 7
|Feature||Nook Tablet 7||Amazon Fire 7|
|Release date||November 25, 2016||September 30, 2015|
|Display resolution||1024 × 600 px||1024 × 600 px|
|Pixel density||171 ppi||171 ppi|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Quad-Core||1.3 GHz Quad-Core|
|Storage||8 GB||8 or 16 GB|
up to 128 GB
up to 200 GB
Rear: 2 MP
|Front: 0.3 MP
Rear: 2 MP
|Dimensions||7.4 × 4.2 × 0.39 in
188 × 107 × 9.91 mm
|7.5 × 4.5 × 0.40 in
191 × 115 × 10.6 mm
|Body colors||Black||Black, Blue, Magenta, Tangerine|
|Launch price||$49.99||from $49.99|
Nook Tablet 7 (2016) – pictures
Take a look at the pictures of the new Nook Tablet 7.
Nook Tablet 7 (2016) – full tech specs
Below, you’ll find tech specs of the 2016 entry-level Nook Tablet.
|Screen resolution||1024 × 600 px|
|Pixel density||171 ppi|
|Processor||MediaTek MT8163 ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core|
|Weight||8.80 oz / 249 g|
|Dimensions||7.40 × 4.20 × 0.39 in / 188 × 107 × 9.91 mm|
|Battery life||Up to 7 hours of reading, watching videos, and web browsing|
|Storage||8 GB on-board memory
Add up to 128 GB with a microSD card (sold separately)
|Wi-Fi||Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Rear: 2 MP
3.5 mm headset jack
|Supported file types||Audio: M4A, 3GA, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AAC
Video: MP4, 3GP, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Gallery (pictures): JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Reader/Other: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, HWP, HWT, HML, HWPX, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, DOT, DOTX, HWDT, XLSX, XLSB, XLS, XLSM,XLTX, XLTM, XLT, CELL, HCDT, PRN, TXT, CSV, TSV, HTML, HTM, PPTX, PPT, POTX, THMX, SHOW, HSDT, HTHEME
|In the box||Nook Tablet 7 (2016)
Quick start guide
Nook Tablet 7 (2016) – product chart
Nook Tablet 7 (2016)
Vivid, bright 7” IPS display
Whether you’re reading, watching a movie or surfing we the web, enjoy the new Nook Tablet’s beautiful IPS display.
Read for hours
The long-lasting battery keeps you powered up to read at home or on the go for up to 7 hours of reading, web browsing, and video watching.
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Family friendly by design
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Free in-store support
Visit any Barnes & Noble for help setting up and troubleshooting, great book recommendations, and tips and tricks on using your new Nook.
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