Barnes & Noble slash Nook prices as 7-inch tablet market heats up

By on August 13, 2012, 10:42 AM

Barnes & Noble has slashed prices on their 7-inch Nook Color and Nook Tablet products in an effort to stay competitive with rivals Amazon and Google. Consumers can now pick up a Nook Color for $150, an 8GB Nook Tablet for $180 and a 16GB Tablet for only $200. The cuts represent a $20 savings for the Color and 8GB Tablet while the 16GB Tablet is now $50 cheaper.

It seems that now is perhaps the best time to try and move as many tablets as possible. Google got off to an early start by releasing the Nexus 7 tablet last month. Priced at $199, the 7-inch tablet features a 1,280 x 800 resolution display and a quad-core Tegra 3 SoC. The lightweight device ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and as of writing, it looks to be the best 7-inch tablet on the market.

The lucrative holiday buying season is just around the corner and we already know that Microsoft is going all-in with their Surface tablets that will launch alongside Windows 8 on October 26. But perhaps it’s the unknowns that we are most curious about.

Rumors have been brewing recently that suggest Amazon is preparing to release an updated Kindle Fire in the third quarter. The “Kindle Fire 2” is expected to ship in four different varieties, with a 1,280 x 800 resolution display, 4G wireless capabilities and various camera options.

Most also believe that Apple is finally preparing to unveil a mini version of the iPad, perhaps as early as next month. Details on the iPad Mini are even scarcer but analysts think it will fall somewhere in the 7-inch range.

One thing is for sure, however; the rest of 2012 is shaping up to be pretty special for tablet enthusiasts.

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MilwaukeeMike said:

Good thinking B&N. As the owner of a Nook Tablet, I can say they will be in trouble. The Nook has an SD card where the Nexus 7 does not, but that's about it. (and you need it too, since that SD card is used for rooting, not just storage). But I'm sure the Nexus is easier to use. The Nook runs android, but doesn't have the google Play store on it and if you want Words with Friends Free (yes, Free) it'll cost you $3. You have to root your Nook to make it work like a normal tablet.

But... it's not a normal tablet. It's a high tech e-reader. The Nexus 7 won't have Barne's and Nobles 'read-to-me' books available, which are pretty cool for kids.

Also worth noting... the 16GB nook has 1GB of RAM, while the 8GB version has 512MB. But having the Nook and the Nexus both cost $200 kinda makes you wonder either why the Nook is so much, or why the Nexus is so cheap.

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