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Barnes and Noble's next Nook tablet might support the Google Play Store

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Barnes & Noble gave up its Nook brand a couple years ago and opted to instead co-brand other manufacturers’ tablets with the Nook name. Now it seems the bookstore chain will once again release its own new Nook, called the Nook Tablet 7. The device just passed through the FCC. As is typical with FCC documents, we can’t gather too much information, but what we do know is that the new tablet will run Android, and the Google Play Store will be available. This is great news considering Barnes & Noble killed its Nook App Store in March.

Here are the other specs we have:

  • MediaTek MTM8163 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with Mali-T720 MP2 graphics
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • front and rear cameras
  • mico-USB port
  • microSD card slot

Liliputing and other tech blogs have speculated that this tablet will directly compete with Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet, but we can’t say for sure yet because of the lack of pricing information. The specs should easily put it in that price range, however. Guess we’ll find out soon! Maybe the tablet will be out in time for the holidays.