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Barnes & Noble to fight (Kindle) Fire with fire using NOOK Tablet

Rumors by Dan Seifert on Friday November 04, 2011.

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According to information obtained by Engadget, Barnes & Noble is prepping to launch its competitor to the Amazon Kindle Fire, which will be available this month. The new NOOK Tablet will offer a similar experience to the neutered tablet (or expanded e-reader, depending on how you look at it) that the current NOOK Color is, but everything is more or less upgraded with it.

The NOOK Tablet is said to be powered by a dual-core, 1.2GHz TI OMAP4 processor, and it will have a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display. It has 1GB of RAM, and includes 16GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card expansion slot. The Tablet will look very similar to the existing NOOK Color, right down to the weird handle loop on the lower left-hand corner. The leaked documents show the NOOK Tablet to measure 206mm x 127mm x 12.2mm (8.1in x 5in x 0.48in), and it will have 8 hours of battery with Wi-Fi off or 4 hours of video playback time.

One area that it doesn't look like Barnes & Noble will compete with Amazon on is price, as the NOOK Tablet is said to cost $249, $50 more than the Kindle Fire, when it hits shelves on November 16. The book retailer is holding a big event on November 7, and we will be there to report all of the nitty gritty with their announcements, and hopefully get our hands on the new NOOK Tablet.

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