Barnes & Noble’s 8GB Nook Tablet matches Amazon’s Kindle Fire at $199, 512 MB of RAM

Barnes & Noble just confirmed that it’s releasing an 8GB Nook Tablet, and the price may sound familiar: $199, the same as Amazon.com charges for its rival Kindle Fire tablet.

Also notable: In addition to reducing the storage, Barnes & Noble cut the RAM to 512 MB on the 8GB Nook Tablet. The 16GB Nook Tablet (which sells for $249) boasts 1GB of RAM, a selling point for the Nook Tablet in the competition with the Kindle Fire.

Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire has 8GB of storage and 512 MB of RAM.

Also today, Barnes & Noble dropped the price of its Nook Color e-reader by $30 to $169.

The announcement of the 8GB Nook Tablet confirms a report yesterday by The Verge. The price wasn’t previously known.

Numbers released last week by research firm iSuppli showed the Kindle Fire with 14 percent market share among media tablets in the fourth quarter — second only to Apple’s iPad (at 57%) and twice the market share of Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet.

Separately, Barnes & Noble today announced its latest financial results, saying total sales rose 5 percent, to $2.4 billion, in the quarter ended Jan. 28. Sales in the Nook business, including hardware and digital content, rose 38 percent to $542 million.

The company said sales on BN.com rose 32 percent, to $420 million, as a result of growth of in Nook device and digital content sales, overcoming a decline in online sales of traditional books and other physical products.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Barnes & Noble on the launch! I can’t wait to try this new hardware.

  • Guest

    How ironic is it, by the way, that Nook Tablet — 8GB has more user-available storage than does Nook Tablet — 16GB? The former has 4GB of available storage while the latter has only 1GB. From the official product page:

    “NOOK Tablet- 8GB: … 5GB for content, of which 1GB is reserved for NOOK Store content. …

    “NOOK Tablet- 16GB: … 13GB for content, of which 12GB is reserved for NOOK Store content.”

  • Cooliorocks

    people that read this what one do you think is better nook color or the kindle fire?? write a comment back if you read this and why you think the one you picked is better.