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Cracking Open: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet teardown

Barnes & Noble is marketing the Nook Tablet as the company's first, full-fledged tablet. But our teardown and hardware analysis show the new Nook to have more in common with the Nook Color e-book reader than Android tablets, such as the Sony Tablet S, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and Acer Iconia Tab. Perhaps the Nook Color was always a tablet in e-book reader's clothing.

Follow along as I cracked open the Nook Tablet.

For a complete hardware analysis, check out my article, "Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet teardown: Upgraded, improved Nook Color."

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5 comments
nica60red
nica60red

Can I use the Nook to Android SD card the one for Nook Color in the New Nook Tablet? I want to purchase one for my daughter for Christmas and do not know if I can....

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

I'll see what I can do. Thanks for the suggestion.

wolferl91m
wolferl91m

a good design with few parts , totally different over the kindle , and far away over the rats nest of iphone 4s with a ton of miscellaneous and sizes screws in the iphone headache assembly. When show us the cracking of the LG 3d-android?

Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson

Although the Nook Color doesn't have Bluetooth support in its stock condition, I understand the hardware is present and can be activated by rooting. A TI transmitter is shown in the breakdown. By any chance does the Nook Tablet have similar hiddlen capabilities? I know there is now a way to root the Nook Tablet.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Although some suggest that the Kindle Fire's Wi-Fi package (Jorjin WG7310-30 Wi-Fi SiP Module) contains a Bluetooth chip, I've only been able to find information that it contains the Texas Instruments WL1270B IEEE 802.11b/g/n chip. If true, the Fire does not have BT capability. I wasn't able to determine the manufacturer and model of the Nook's Wi-Fi package. It's possible that it has a chip that supports both Wi-Fi and BT.