Barnes & Noble announced the new NOOK Tablet 10.1 yesterday evening, and says the new Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 10 will be released on November 14 for $129 from Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nook-tablet-10
This is the same NOOK Tablet 10 that we leaked last month, but what’s interesting is that Barnes & Noble have added a key feature this year, by providing an optional keyboard, as well as a horizontal charging dock for this tablet. So by turning the NOOK Tablet 10 into an Android 8.0 Oreo 2-in-1 tablet, the tablet will immediately appeal to a lot more people.
NOOK Tablet 10.1 appears to be powered by a MediaTek processor, but it may not be the MT8167. We’ll have to test it and see (and will update then). But it does feature a Full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution display, 32GB of storage with microSD card support up to 256GB, and full Wi-Fi cover with dual-band 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac all covered, which means that the chipset is above entry level on this tablet.
The new NOOK has a 2MP front camera, a 2MP rear camera, stereo speakers, a micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.
As for NOOK Tablet 10.1 battery life, it’s rated at 8 hours long according to the video playback standard. It’s also 9.6mm thick.
It runs Android 8.1 Oreo, and has Barnes & Noble’s suite of NOOK apps preinstalled, which makes sense. And those NOOK apps give you immediate access to the Barnes & Noble ecosystem of books, magazines, newspapers, kids apps, and other media. But other than that it features regular access to Google Play and all the regular Android apps there.
While the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 10 released date is November 14, Barnes & Noble was kind enough to let us know that it will be on sale just a few days later for $119, between November 22 and December 26.
B&N even says there will be a NOOK Tablet 10 bundle sale, where the NOOK Tablet 10 will be sold with the charging dock for $159 and receive a $50 worth eCookbook. Well, this is the season to cook, so that makes sense.
– Tom Bowen