Barnes and Noble announces a new Android-powered NOOK Tablet for the holidays

If you like to read books, an Amazon Kindle e-reader is a wise purchase. After all, they use e-ink technology which is easy on the eyes while offering very long battery life. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a device dedicated to reading. For many, a traditional tablet -- such as an iPad -- serves as both an e-reader and a general use slate.

Barnes and Noble sells e-ink readers, but also, it offers NOOK Tablets powered by Android. These are superior to Amazon's Fire tablets, as NOOK has Google Play support. In other words, Barnes and Noble's tablets have access to all the popular apps you will want. Today, timed perfectly for the upcoming holiday shopping season, Barnes and Noble announces its latest tablet. This new NOOK Tablet has a big 10.1-inch screen. In addition to being a consumption device, the company apparently thinks it can be used for productivity -- it will sell an optional keyboard cover for it.

"The NOOK 10.1-inch is a lightweight tablet with 32 GB of storage space for building an extensive digital library. The tablet also has multi-function use, including a front and rear camera, headphone jack, Bluetooth capability, and pogo pins to easily connect to a NOOK keyboard or a NOOK charging dock. NOOK customers will also notice an updated user experience on the NOOK 10.1-inch, with a custom home screen with easy access to your current reads and recent purchases, and an improved NOOK Bookstore and Library," says Barnes and Noble.

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The book-seller further says, "Starting on November 22 and running through December 26, customers can get the NOOK 10.1-inch for the special price of $119.99. Also starting on November 22 and running through December 31, Barnes & Noble is offering a cookbook bundle promotion. Customers can purchase the NOOK 10.1-inch with a charging dock for $159.99, and receive $50 worth of Good Housekeeping eCookbooks with hundreds of delicious recipes, while supplies last (total value of $214.94)."

Barnes and Noble shares the following specifications You know what? It looks pretty damn good.

10.1-inch IPS Display

  • 1920 x 2000 Pixels Resolution
  • 224 ppi

Battery Life

  • Up to 8.5 hours of reading watching videos and web browsing

Storage

  • 32GB on-board memory
  • Add up to 256GB with an optional microSD card

Built-in Wi-Fi

  • Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
  • Dual-Band (2.4GHz/5GHz)

Connectors

  • Micro-USB 2.0
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • microSD slot

Cameras

  • Front: 2MP
  • Rear: 2MP

Supported File Types

  • Audio: M4A, 3GA, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AAC
  • Video: MP4, 3GP, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM Gallery (pictures): JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Reader/Other: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, HWP, HWT, HML, HWPX, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, DOT, DOTX, HWDT, XLSX, XLSB, XLS, XLSM, XLTX, XLT, CELL, HCDT, PRN, TXT, CSV, TSV, HTML, HTM, PPTX, PPT, POTX, THMX, SHOW, HSDT, HTHEME

In The Box

  • NOOK Tablet 10.1-inch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Power adapter
  • Micro-USB Cable

If you'd like to pre-order the NOOK Tablet 10.1, you can do so here. Of course, if you'd prefer to try it before you purchase, the physical brick and mortar B&N stores should have them on display later this month. Besides the keyboard cover, the company will also sell an optional charging dock too.

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