As I predicted last week, B&N's new tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook 9.6" Tablet. The retailer has just sent out a press release email, announcing that the new tablet is available now for $249 (less if you take B&N up on its trade-in offer).
The Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook sports a 9.6" screen, just like earlier spec sheets said, but it's not quite the tablet I lead you to expect. While many of the details I reported last week are correct, B&N is showing that the new tablet runs on a Qualcomm CPU, and not the cheaper Spreadtrum CPU used in previous variations of the Samsung Galaxy Tab E.
This tablet runs Android 5.1.1 on a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU with 16GB of storage (plus 128GB microSD card support), and two cameras (2MP and 5MP). Its 9.6" display has a resolution of 1,280 x 800.
This tablet has Wifi, GPS, and an accelerometer. According to B&N it weighs 547 grams, and comes with a battery which specced for up to 12 hours of video.
B&N hasn't stated the amount of RAM, dimensions, battery spec, or whether the tablet has Bluetooth, but aside from that this is a better model than the unit I detailed last week.
It runs the same Samsung-flavored Android with a dash of B&N mixed in on much better hardware than I was expecting. It costs only $5 more than the Fire HD 10, it's most visible competition, and bests that tablet in the CPU and OS categories.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook is available in stores today and on the Barnes & Noble website. It's going to be kept as the larger but cheaper complement to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook, which retails for $399.
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