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Barnes & Noble basically gave up on making its own hardware a couple of years ago when it decided to team up with Samsung to launch co-branded Nook tablets. Samsung provided its Galaxy Tab tablets while Nook installed its custom software and slapped its branding. That’s how it has been for the past couple of years but the company is now back with a new $50 Nook tablet.

It’s no coincidence that Barnes & Noble has unveiled this tablet weeks before the lucrative holiday shopping season is about to begin. The company appears to be trying to compete against Amazon’s basic $50 Fire tablet and specifications aside, at least it has been able to match it on price. It’s powered by a quadcore processor and has 8GB of storage that’s expandable suing microSD cards up to 128GB.

The Nook Tablet 7″ from Barnes & Noble has a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display which is certainly nothing to write home about. It runs on Android Marshmallow with custom Nook software on top. It also features a 5 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front camera. Barnes & Noble says that the battery is good for up to seven hours on a single charge.

The tablet provides access to an impressive collection of digital content from Barnes & Noble, including but not limited to more than 4.5 million books with more than 1 million of them priced under $5. Customers get access to a library of 80,000 digital audiobooks with 9,500 of them available for free as well as an extensive collection of popular comic books and graphic novels.

Nook Tablet 7″ will be available at Barnes & Noble stores starting Black Friday.

Filed in Tablets. Read more about Barnes & Noble and Nook. Source: businesswire

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