Barnes & Noble Releases Cut Down Version Of Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble has unveiled a new version of the Nook tablet, one which comes with a cut price - $199 - aimed at the Amazon Kindle Fire which cost the same.

The upgraded tablet has the same hardware as its more expensive big brother, except for the onboard system memory which has been reduced to 512MB (rather than 1GB) and the onboard storage which has been cut to 8GB.

Perhaps more importantly, it keeps the onboard microSD card slot, which means that its onboard capacity can be increased to 40GB at a later stage using a 32GB microSD card.

The tablet carries the same fundamental hardware as the Amazon Kindle Fire and the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook. A dual core TI OMAP4430 SoC clocked at 1GHz, a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel display, Wi-Fi and a microUSB port.

Both the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nook tablet run on proprietary versions of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Nook tablet also offers access to comics, magazines, up to 2.5 million titles and videos and boosts a battery life of up to 11.5 hours reading time.

The company has yet to release the tablet outside the US which means that you won't be able to gain access to Nook-only content even if you buy the tablet and use it elsewhere.