Barnes & Noble on Tuesday officially introduced a previously rumored 8GB version of its low price Nook Tablet. By cutting internal storage in half from 16GB and reducing the amount of RAM to 512MB, B&N was able to shave $50 off the retail cost and sell the new version for $199, the same exact price as Amazon's competing Kindle Fire tablet, which happens to be the second most popular slate on the planet behind Apple's iPad.
"For any customer who likes to read digitally, watch movies or TV shows, browse the web, or help their kids read and learn through interactive books and apps, our new $199 Nook Tablet with 8GB is the best product value on the market," said William Lynch , Chief Executive Office of Barnes & Noble.
The 8GB Nook Tablet has more in common with the Kindle Fire than ever. Both sport the same amount of internal storage (albeit the Nook Tablet only gives users access to 1GB for non-B&N content), same amount of RAM, the same 1GHz dual-core processor, and now the same price tag. Spec for spec, they're nearly identical, though the Nook Tablet has a few things the Kindle Fire doesn't, like physical controls, a microphone, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage.
B&N also announced a new low price for its Nook Color device, which has been reduced to $169, or $30 cheaper than both the Kindle Fire and 8GB Nook Tablet.
You can buy the 8GB Nook Tablet now.
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