Barnes & Noble has long tried to take on the Kindle line from Amazon with its Nook e-book reader and tablets line. Surprisingly, it’s still going at it, announcing its biggest tablet yet: the Nook 10.1.
Retailing for just $130, the Nook 10.1 brings a generous 10.1-inch IPS LCD screen that’s perfectly serviceable for book readers. That’s a nice way of saying that, despite the 1920 x 1200 pixels, the Nook 10.1 has a decidedly unimpressive 224-pixel density.
Of course, this tablet isn’t designed to compete with an iPad anytime soon ($130 can only go so far), but to be a portal to Barnes & Noble’s huge library of ebooks and magazine subscriptions.
Running Android and with Google Play installed, you can also use it for regular browsing.
On the specifications front, the only advertised numbers for the Nook 10.1 are the 32 GB of internal storage, expandable to 256 GB via MicroSD, a pair of 2MP cameras (front and back) and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
On the connectivity front, there’s also Wi-Fi and a Micro USB port.
The Nook 10.1 is already up for preorder and will begin shipping on November 14, just in time to make a good gift for a voracious reader.