Barnes & Noble announces the $50 NOOK Tablet 7″ with Google Play

Today, Barnes & Noble released the NOOK Tablet 7″, an Android 6.0 powered tablet retailing for only $49.99. This is the most affordable NOOK tablet ever released, but for such a low price, what does it offer?

First, it’s important to understand who this tablet is for. It’s not a tablet to buy for everyday, normal, tablet usage — although the price makes it a tempting offer. It is a tablet built to run Nook apps. Books, audiobooks, newspapers, and magazines, are all meant to run on the NOOK Tablet 7″. There are no reviews out yet on this product, but you can look for one to come from YourTechExplained once we get our hands on one!

Next, let’s look at the specs this tablet has to offer:



  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Quad-core processor
  • 7″ IPS display with a 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Up to 7 hours of battery for reading, watching videos and web browsing
  • 8GB storage, expandable up to 128GB
  • 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • MicroUSB charging
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • microSD slot
  • 2 MP front camera, 5 MP rear camera (with auto focus)

As you can see, the specs are suited for a low-end device. Nothing special going on, but certainly capable for what it was designed for. Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box is a nice touch, but I wouldn’t expect any updates for this device, aside from occasional security updates. There is probably a skin on the device, but from the screenshots, the home screen looks untouched except for the preinstalled NOOK apps.

Overall, it looks like this would be a good tablet for light use. Full access to the Play Store is wonderful, but some apps may not run that well on the tablet. It remains to be seen what this can actually do, but if you’re eager to give this a shot, then you can pick one up for $49.99 from Barnes & Noble. It’s currently available for pre-order, but full availability is on November 25th.

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Press Release

Barnes & Noble Introduces New NOOK Tablet® 7”: The Most Affordable NOOK Ever at Just $49.99

Full-Featured Android Tablet Offers Access to the Google Play Store, Rear and Front-Facing Cameras, Expandable Storage, NOOK Profiles, and So Much More

Available at Barnes & Noble Stores on Black Friday

New York, New York – November 16, 2016 –Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the new NOOK Tablet 7”, the Company’s most affordable NOOK ever at just $49.99. The sleek and lightweight new 7-inch device is a full-featured Android tablet with access to millions of NOOK Books®, thousands of NOOK Audiobooks® and hundreds of magazines and newspapers through the NOOK Store®, as well as full access to the Google Play Store. NOOK Tablet 7” also features front and rear-facing cameras, expandable storage up to 128GB through a microSD card (sold separately), Bluetooth connectivity and a quad-core processor, all for less than $50, making it the perfect gift for everyone in the family this holiday season. The newest NOOK is available at Barnes & Noble stores starting on Black Friday, November 25.

“We’re extremely excited to introduce our most affordable NOOK ever, just in time for the holiday shopping season, so customers can give their loved ones the gift of reading forever for less,” said Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer at Barnes & Noble. “NOOK Tablet 7” has everything that customers expect from a NOOK, but for less than $50. It truly is the perfect present for everyone in the family, providing access to millions of NOOK Books and a universe of content at an unbeatable price.”

Introducing the NOOK Tablet 7”

The NOOK Tablet 7” is Barnes & Noble’s most affordable NOOK yet, combining the NOOK experience readers love with all the tablet features they need, for the unbelievable price of just $49.99. It features front and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth compatibility, a soft-touch back, a quad-core processor, and expandable storage space from 8GB to an additional 128GB via a microSD card (sold separately), including the ability to download most NOOK Books directly onto the microSD card. NOOK Tablet 7” runs Marshmallow (Android 6.0) and has full access to the Google Play Store, featuring millions of Android apps alongside a huge selection of games, movies and TV shows.

It also features an enhanced digital bookstore experience with B&N Readouts™, which brings the pleasures of bookstore browsing and discovery to the NOOK digital experience, and access to a growing library of NOOK Audiobooks and a huge selection of digital magazines and newspapers through the NOOK Newsstand®. NOOK Tablet 7” also supports NOOK Profiles®, enabling families to customize up to 6 profiles that turn the tablet into a personalized reading and entertainment center. Parents will appreciate the ease of setting up profiles for their children with lots of relevant kid-friendly NOOK content for them to enjoy, while managing appropriate content and access to the NOOK Store.

NOOK’s Extraordinary Reading & Entertainment Content

Customers who purchase NOOK Tablet 7” will find an impressive collection of digital content to explore from Barnes & Noble. The expansive NOOK Store’s reading and entertainment content offering includes:

  • Over 4.5 million books including bestsellers, new releases, classics and enhanced titles with special content, including more than 1 million titles priced under $5.
  • Nearly 80,000 digital audiobooks, including 9,500 free titles.
  • An extensive collection of popular comic books and graphic novels, as well as picture-perfect art, photography, travel guides and cookbook titles.
  • An expansive digital selection of best-loved children’s books – over 110,000 – including chapter books and a selection of more than 11,000 interactive picture books.
  • The NOOK Newsstand has a huge selection of the top 100 bestselling U.S. magazines available for both digital subscriptions and single copy sale, and a vast collection of newspapers and magazines.

B&N Readouts: Bookstore-Like Browsing and Free Bite-Sized Content

NOOK Tablet 7” comes equipped with B&N Readouts, an innovative feature that brings the pleasures of bookstore browsing and discovery to the NOOK digital experience.  B&N Readouts offers a daily selection of addictive quick reads that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere on all NOOK devices including the new NOOK Tablet 7”, the Free NOOK Reading Apps™ for Android™ and iOS® devices, and at www.bn.com/readouts.

Leveraging Barnes & Noble’s vast content catalog and deep bookseller knowledge, B&N Readouts delivers compelling two-minute book excerpts as well as full articles from current issues of popular periodicals. These mobile-friendly quick reads are tailored to users’ favorite genres and subjects and optimized for sharing. A delightful tasting menu for readers of every interest, B&N Readouts is curated by Barnes & Noble’s editors to surprise and delight always-on, on-the-go customers.

Plus, through B&N Readouts, customers can join the thousands of NOOK readers on Serial Reads, Barnes & Noble’s popular program of free fiction serials through which subscribers enjoy a new book every month, delivered free in daily chapters directly to their devices. Titles are hand-picked by Barnes & Noble editors across genres and a variety of authors.

Availability, In-Store Support and Other Benefits

The NOOK Tablet 7” is available at Barnes & Noble stores starting on Black Friday, November 25.  For more details, customers can visit BN.com/NOOK or speak with a bookseller at their local Barnes & Noble.

All NOOK devices come with complimentary in-store support. NOOK customers can visit any of Barnes & Noble’s 638 stores across the country for free, personal support, including help setting up their NOOK device and organizing their library. While in-store, customers can speak with any of the Company’s expert booksellers, access free Wi-Fi and enjoy the popular Read In Store® program, which allows guests to read any book free for up to one hour per day.