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The New 8GB Nook Tablet Is Official and Will Cost $199

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Rumors circulated yesterday that a cheaper Nook Tablet was on its way, and now it's official. Barnes & Noble is launching an 8GB version of its tablet, to go on sale for $199. Yes, that does make it a direct Kindle Fire competitor.

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It really is identical to the existing Nook Tablet, expect for the fact that it has half the storage—making it the same capacity as the Kindle Fire, too—and is $50 cheaper. The storage is split on the Nook, with 1.5GB being dedicated to B&N content and only 4GB being available for user files.

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As well as launching the new device, Barnes & Noble has also announced that the Nook Color will see a drop in price, so it will now retail at $169. Both will be available from Barnes & Noble and third party retailers in the next week or so. [Barnes & Noble]

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glyphon
The Stig's graphic designer cousin

Man, $169 is almost down to the price i paid for a refurb Nook Color about a year ago. ($140). That's a great price for that, but honestly, you'd be stupid to not plunk down the extra $30 and get the 8GB Nook Tablet. And if you need more space, MicroSD cards under 16GB should cost you well under $50, and if you shop around you can probably find a 32GB card for less than $50.