That 7" Nook tablet which showed up on the FCC website a few weeks back is now official.
Barnes & Noble just announced the Nook Tablet 7 (sounds like a supervillain team, doesn't it), its cheapest Android tablet yet.
This $50 wonder is a rebranded Chinese tablet running Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a 1.3GHz MediaTek CPU. It comes with Google Play and runs the Nook apps on top of a stock Android install, just like the FCC paperwork lead us to expect.
It has 8GB storage, a microSD card slot, and the usual Wifi and Bluetooth.
Its 7" screen has a resolution of 600 x 1024. That is rather low, even for $50 tablets, but the tablet makes up for it with the cameras. It has both front and rear cameras with resolutions of 2MP and 5MP, respectively.
Weighing in at 8.8 ounces, the Nook Tablet 7 promises a battery good for 'up to 7 hours of reading, web browsing, and video watching". (The FCC paperwork showed a 3Ah battery, but there's no mention of that spec on the product listing.)
All in all that's not a bad spec list, but of course the real question is the quality of the software, the constriction, and the cameras.
As we have seen with the $50 Fire tablet, it is possible to make a decent tablet at that price.
But can B&n pull it off? That is another matter.