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Barnes & Noble Announcing Dual-core Tablet Monday

Amazon's Fire tablet isn't even on sale but the company has had pre-orders coming out of its ears since it announced the $199 device. Now, it seems Barnes & Noble wants in on some of the action. According to leaked marketing documents, B&N has plans for a Nook tablet and will be announcing it in the coming days.

SlashGear cites internal Barnes & Noble documents in reporting that B&N will be unveiling a $249 dual-core tablet this coming Monday. According to the B&N marketing material obtained by SlashGear, the device will boast the same 7-inch VividView IPS display as the NOOK Color, a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB), and a battery capable of four hours of video playback with WiFi on or eight hours with Wi-Fi off. Aesthetically, the device looks very similar to the Nook Color. In case your memory needs jogging, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet packs a 7-inch full color LCD touchscreen, a Texas Instruments OMAP4 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android 2.3.

While we know that B&N plans to announce this device on Monday, a release date is not yet known. That said, we'd bet the farm that this device will be available in time for the holiday shopping season. Now, the question that remains: Do you think twice the RAM and storage is worth an extra $50?

  • soo-nah-mee
    Good move B&N! A perfect competitor to the Fire with a bit more usability.
    My wife is getting this for Christmas to replace her B&W Nook.
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  • Thunderfox
    So, how many hours after it is released will someone have rooted it?
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  • rexoverbey
    Kindle fire got smoked! Nook Tablet his faster 1.2GHz dual core OMAP (1GH OMAP FIre), 16GB external (8GB external fire), upto 32GB external (no external Fire), weighs less, bootable from microsd, better modability (not locked down), same screen specs on both (except Nook Tablet has reduced glare), and doesn't have to be locked to Amazon books (you can even load amazon app from market).
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  • icepick314
    except Fire has Amazon book lending, video, and music...
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  • DSpider
    Release a dual core tablet when 5 core tablets are on their way. Smart move.


    They should focus on colour e-Ink instead. Right now it can do 4096 colors (link). Not re-cycle this cheap-ass design they used before. Gah! Dat home button! No. No. Just, no.

    And ffs, stop this "why our Nook is better than that Kindle" nonsense.
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  • back_by_demand
    A minus point for a lot of users against the Nook
    ...
    It doesn't have Android by default
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  • ikyung
    DSpiderRelease a dual core tablet when 5 core tablets are on their way. Smart move.They should focus on colour e-Ink instead. Right now it can do 4096 colors (link). Not re-cycle this cheap-ass design they used before. Gah! Dat home button! No. No. Just, no.And ffs, stop this "why our Nook is better than that Kindle" nonsense.Well, it is obvious you have no idea how the market works. Doesn't matter if there are 10 core tablets out, there will always be a huge number in the lower-end market. Look at Kindle Fire's pre-order numbers. Pretty sure the Kindle Fire will sell more their first day then the Asus Tegra 3 tablet.
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  • DSpider
    I'm just saying. A dual core for what? If it's intended for reading, web surfing, email, etc., why dual core?

    If they market it for magazines and kids' books, Angry Birds, Scrabble & Epicurious... I would seriously rather they put in a single core and drop the price by $20-30. 1 GB of RAM for what? Many many opened web pages at a time?

    Everything about it screams chicken. They don't wanna risk bringing to market colour e-Ink so they're just piggybacking off of Amazon.
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  • DSpider
    To top that off, they showed EVEN MORE lack of originality by using the same washed-up design they used before.

    PS: Why no edit button, tomsguide? Tomshardware has one.
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  • kenyee
    if they added bluetooth, it would be more useful...but not a bad compromise. Doesn't beat the Fire, but it's at least on par with it or slightly better...
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