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Lenovo Barnes & Noble NOOK 10-inch HD tablet released with keen design

This week the folks at Barnes & Noble and Lenovo revealed a collaboration that puts the name NOOK back in the spotlight. This is the new NOOK tablet, a tablet that continues the line of eBook-focused eReader devices with a machine that can also just… be a more fully functional tablet, too. This is the tablet you’ll want to seek out if you’re looking for media consumption, eBooks first, everything else second.

This NOOK tablet rolls with a 10.1-inch HD IPS LCD display with SQUARE corners. This display works with TÜV Rheinland®-certified eye protection, too. Per Lenovo, “A TÜV Rheinland certification mark signifies that a product has been examined according to strict safety requirements by an accredited third-party and is supported by regular factory inspections.”

There’s a decent size bezel around the edges of the display, and a silver aluminum back panel with two cameras – one up front, one around the back. It’s unlikely the cameras are going to beat the power of the cameras on your smartphone – but they’re probably OK.

This tablet works with NOOK eBooks, Google Play (and all the apps and media therein), FM radio, and dual speakers powered by Dolby Atmos. The device will be sold without a case, but a “new folio case” will be available when the tablet is released OR soon thereafter.

This tablet works with an octo-core processor with “an up-to-2.3 GHz main frequency.” That’s a strangely technical way of saying it has a decent amount of processing power, more than enough for all your eBooks and most any app or game you’d like to play from the Google Play app store.

The “NOOK 10″ HD Tablet Designed by Lenovo” has an announced release date of “early April 2021”. This new NOOK tablet will have a price of approximately $129.99 USD right out the gate. Stick around as we get a closer look at this device and decide whether it’s truly worth the amount of cash you’ll be considering paying for it.

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Barnes & Noble NOOK tablet designed by Lenovo coming next week

There are numerous e-readers around these days, some of them already sporting colored E-Ink displays even, but Amazon’s Kindle still remains the household name in that market. Once upon a time, however, the Kindle shared that prime spot with Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. The latter has long faded into the background but it isn’t down for the count just yet. According to the latest word, old B&N is jumping back into the scene, this time with a NOOK tablet made by an unexpected new partner.

As with Amazon’s Kindle and Fire devices, B&N’s NOOK covers two kinds of reading gadgets. The plain old NOOKs are straightforward and simple ebook readers with e-paper displays. There are, however, also NOOK Tablets that are technically Android tablets with specialized UI designed around reading.

It’s not yet 100% clear but it’s most likely that the new device teased to be coming next week is one of the latter, especially since it was designed with Lenovo. The latter does have some experience with E Ink screens, as seen on some of its rather eccentric Yoga convertible laptops. The company, however, is more familiar with making cheap Android tablets than it is with designing E Ink readers.

This news, which was shared with The Verge, is definitely unexpected considering the state of the company’s hardware products. The last Nook Tablet was launched back in 2018 and its latest-gen NOOK GlowLight Plus e-reader has remained out of stock since last year. According to B&N senior director for Nook Susan McCulloch, however, it is more a result of “exceptionally strong sales” rather than the company easing out of the business.

It will also be interesting to see what Lenovo will bring to the table. The company’s Android tablets are often overlooked but do offer interesting features, especially when paired with accessories that could turn the slate into an Alexa smart home hub, for example. Other than a general “next week”, no date for Barnes & Noble’s surprise announcement has been revealed yet.

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