New Nook From Barnes & Noble Spotted

A new Nook tablet from Barnes & Noble have been spotted in a benchmark test. Barnes & Noble have not officially unveiled this tablet, so we are left figuring out the details ourselves.

(UPDATE 1: Barnes & Noble announced their partnership with Samsung on June 5, 2014 for the creation of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK that will be launched in August 2014.
UPDATE 2: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK was launched and released August 20.)

The next NOOK could be an 8-inch tablet, and it could be named NOOK X. The current Nook tablets are the 7-inch Nook HD and Nook HD+, both of which were launched in September 2012.

The next Nook tablet might be an additional tablet to the Nook tablet range, instead of a replacement, since this is the only new Nook that has been leaked so far this year. In the benchmark test it was shown running Android 4.2.2, while it was powered by a quad-core 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor.

And while the screen resolution is disguised in the benchmark, it seems reasonable to suggest that this Nook could have a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels, which would fit the 8-inch form factor, as well as be in line with the rest of the Nook tablet range.

The 7-inch Nook HD have a resolution of 1440 x 900, which has been very good for a $129 tablet, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ have a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels, which is not bad for a $149 tablet either.

Current NOOK tablets
Current NOOK tablets

Now, if the benchmark paper specs turns out to materialize, we are looking at a tablet that is identical to the HP Slate 8 Pro, which is being launched a few days from now. That's not to say that this tablet is manufactured by HP though, even if that's a remote possibility.

The release date of this Nook is unknown, and all we have is the word of Nook Media CEO Michael Huseby who said in August that at least one new Nook would be released before Christmas.

8-inch Nook X Barnes and Noble

– Jim Miller