Bookseller Barnes and Noble may be about to get into another tablet battle with rival Amazon. A filing with the Federal Communications Commission shows a Nook-branded tablet that could be marketed to the same audience as Amazon’s $50 7-inch Fire tablet that launched just over a year ago.
The FCC filing shows that the tablet was manufactured by Shenzen Jingwah, The Nook tablet will have a 7-inch display and Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed. Inside there will be a quad-core MediaTek MT8163 processor, a 3000 mAh battery, both front and rear cameras, and a microD slot that can handle up to 128GB of storage. Other info, such as the amount of RAM, the amount of internal storage, and the resolution of the display were not revealed in the FCC listing.
You may remember that several years ago, Barnes and Noble tried to compete with Amazon’s tablets by designing their own Nook devices. Unfortunately, that plan didn’t work out, so for the last few years Barnes and Noble have been selling Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablets with the Nook branding, with no real hardware changes. If this FCC filing is any indication, it would appear that Barnes and Noble have ditched the Samsung partnership and have decided to directly compete with Amazon again in the low cost tablet market.
Would you want to check out a cheap Nook tablet from Barnes and Noble, especially if it had full access to the Google Play Store, which the Amazon Fire tablet does not have?