While the Kindle Fire was dubbed as the iPad competitor, the new leaked information & documents in the Barnes and Noble NOOK Tablet seem to spell out a competitor for Amazon’s Kindle Fire. While competing directly with the $199 Kindle Fire the NOOK Tablet is rumored to have a price of $249. A more expensive option without all the bells and whistles of Amazon’s caching Silk browser.
There has been one distinction made about how the NOOK Tablet could beat out the Kindle Fire and that’s with it’s ebook focused display technology. The Nook tablet will be carrying the same VividView IPS 7-inch display technology as the NOOK Color. Other specs have been leaked as well and show that there are some improvements on the processor and internal storage.
SlashGear has provided a good lineup of the specs along with some pretty convincing images and documents that have been “leaked.” The Nook Tablet will be sporting a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor, 16GB storage with an additional microSD which will allow up to 32GB extra storage. The battery life is debateable depending on what you’re doing. IF you will be using wi-fi and watching video you’ll get four hours but without wifi you’re expected to get up to 8 hours of juice.
Just like all technology, smaller and slimmer are also the game here for the B&N Nook Tablet. The B&N tablet is shrinking by .02 inches and losing weight too by .9 ounces. The weight and size really aren’t the important parts however as the software catalog is trying to bring it more in line with Amazon’s vast catalog of options. While the B&N Nook Tablet won’t be able to compete with Amazon’s services, products, features and Amazon Prime additions it will be adding popular tablet apps.
The tablet apps you can expect on a NOOK Tablet when you get it will be things like Hulu Plus which rings in the new Wi-fi abilities with the 4 hour video playback. Other options that you’ll find coming on the Barnes & Noble Tablet are things like Pandora Radio, Grooveshark Radkio, MOG and Rhapsody. For the tablet gamers that want to play games a game of Scrabble has been added as a pre-installed option on the NOOK Tablet.
To get full and complete details there will be multiple live blogging events and coverage of the NOOK Tablet release just before Black Friday weekend this Monday. The unveiling event from Barnes and Noble is expected to happen on Monday November 7th, 2011 at 9:45am EST. CNet will be starting their Barnes & Noble press conference live blog at that time here and you can most likely get tons of information from SlashGear here since they were the original NOOK Tablet leak providers.
- B&N Nook Tablet vs. Amazon Kindle Fire (hardware.slashdot.org)
- Nook Color 2 will actually be the dual-core Nook Tablet (geek.com)
- Barnes & Nobles launching Nook Tablet for $249 on November 16th – Engadget: “we’ve got the dirty details” (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Here Are All The Details On The Next Nook Tablet (BKS) (businessinsider.com)