After unveiling a similar model back in 2016 that was plagued with charging issues, Barnes & Noble today introduced its newest 7-inch Nook tablet that costs just $49. As I wrote a couple of years ago, at this price point and with this screen size, the new Nook will directly compete with Amazon’s Fire 7 which offers similar specs for the same price.
In the Nook’s case, there isn’t much to rave about. The screen is 7-inches and has a resolution of 1024×600, there’s 16GB of storage which is expandable up to 128GB, and it includes Android with Barnes & Noble’s customizations on top. There’s also a front VGA camera and a 2MP rear camera, Bluetooth, a loudspeaker, a headphone jack, a microUSB port (boo!), up to seven hours of battery life, and connection to the Google Play Store for downloading apps and games, an edge this particular device has over Amazon’s which runs Fire OS and blocks access to the Play Store.
If you recall, this isn’t the only Nook Barnes & Noble has released as of late. The company introduced a similar 10.1-inch model with a 1920×1200 display, 32GB of storage, and better specs a few weeks ago. Of course, that model costs $129 which is a lot more expensive than this $49 model, so the sacrifices made to drive down the price will probably be worth it for most people.
If you’re interested in buying the new 7-inch Nook, you can do so starting today from both Barnes & Noble’s website and brick-and-mortar stores.