Amazon is making a big push for affordable tablets, having launched an Android-powered Fire tablet for $49.99. Now Barnes & Noble is placing a focus on that market, too.
Barnes & Noble today announced the Nook Tablet 7-inch, an Android-based tablet that costs $49.99. The Nook Tablet 7-inch runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and includes support for the Google Play Store, giving you access to the same apps that other Android devices can get.
As you might expect from a device that costs $49.99, the Nook Tablet 7-inch’s specs are fairly entry-level. It’s got a 7-inch 1024x600 display, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, and 8GB of built-in storage. There’s also a microSD slot for adding up to 128GB of extra storage, as well as a battery that B&N says will last for up to seven hours of general use.
Of course, the specs of B&N’s Nook Tablet 7-inch aren’t the draw, the price is. The new Nook tablet looks like an interesting option for anyone in the market for an ultra-affordable tablet, especially since it offers access to the Play Store and all of the Android apps within, whereas owners of Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet use Amazon’s own Appstore.
The Nook Tablet 7-inch is now available for pre-order and will launch on November 25.