It seems Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet isn’t too keen on being shown up by Amazon’s Kindle Fire in the sales department. The more-powerful Nook Tablet is certainly the better spec’d tablet on paper, and with only a $50 higher price tag, it probably should be selling more than it is. Nevertheless, the major bookseller has watched it’s Nook Tablet’s modest sales pale in comparison to Amazon’s, which became America’s #2 tablet in just 6 short weeks.
The original Nook Tablet has 16 GB of storage to the Kindle Fire’s 8 GB, and storage is widely thought to be the biggest reason for the price difference between the two tablets. No longer content to sit back and watch the Kindle Fire bask in success, Barnes and Noble will launch an 8 GB version of the Nook Tablet, likely with the same $199 price tag of its main competitor.
The Verge got its hands on an internal document that shows not only that the 8GB tablet does in fact exist, it’s coming a lot sooner than you think. Wal-Mart and Barnes and Noble will begin selling the device starting this Wednesday, February 22nd. No official announcement has come from Barnes and Noble to date, though we suspect that’ll drop relatively soon and confirm the $199 price point.
Anyone out there planning on picking up a $199 8 GB variant of the Nook Tablet, or are you already reading this article on your Kindle Fire, thank you very much?