A new Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7 for the 2016-2017 model year has leaked today, courtesy of the FCC where we have been able to catch a glimpse of the new Nook tablet ahead of its official unveiling and launch just ahead of Christmas.
For starters, Barnes & Noble have ditched Samsung as a tablet manufacturer for this tablet, even though Samsung have rebranded 4 of their original tablets “NOOK by Samsung Tablets” the last two years for Barnes & Noble. But for 2016, Barnes & Noble have gone back to their roots of making tablets of their own, and have chosen Shenzen Jingwah to manufacture their new NOOK Tablet 7 (model name BNTV450).
(UPDATED: NOOK Tablet 7 was officially unveiled on November 16)
So what specs and information have Tabletmonkeys been able to dig up? Well, based on the specs and design it looks like the new NOOK tablet will be pretty cheap, so we are very interested in what price B&N will set for the NOOK Tablet 7. Is a price war with Amazon over $49 tablets about to commence? It’s too early to tell, but the specs appear to be at that level anyway if we compare it to the $49 Fire tablet.
NOOK Tablet 7 is confirmed with such specs as a 7-inch screen, while it is powered by the quad-core MediaTek MT8163 processor with Mali-T720 GPU, a 3.7V 3000 mAh battery capacity that takes 3 hours to charge, 128GB microSD card support, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, it has front and rear cameras, a rear mono speaker, a micro-USB port, and a 3.5 mm audio combo jack.
We are still waiting for confirmation of the resolution, RAM, and storage. As for dimensions, the new Nook Tablet 7 is 8mm thick.
– Tom Bowen