It appears that Barnes & Noble is reentering the tablet space with a new Nook tablet, according to documents that passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Details after the break.
We don’t know much about this tablet just yet, but this will be the first Nook device Barnes & Noble has produced since it stopped selling Nook devices a few years ago. Amid financial worries and spreading itself too thin, Barnes & Noble instead opted to partner with Samsung to produce Nook versions of the Korean tech giant’s tablets.
Now, Barnes & Nobile is re-entering the game with its own-branded tablet. Going by the model number BNTV450, we’re looking at a 7-inch tablet with a quad-core MediaTek MT8163 processor and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s equipped with a microSD card slot, front and rear cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, though the FCC documents don’t reveal what storage options we might be looking at
The key change in this tablet seems to be that it will support the Google Play Store instead of being locked into its own ecosystem. You’ll, of course, have Barnes & Nobles software embedded in the system, but you’ll now have access to all of Android as well.
It’s worth noting that this tablet has the Nook logo on it, but it’s being manufactured by a separate company: Shenzhen Jingwah Information Technology Co., Ltd out of China.
We’re not quite sure when we can expect to see this tablet, but it’s not a far out idea that we might see this before the holiday season gets into full force.