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The new $250 Nook E tablet is a 9.6-inch Samsung slate in disguise

Barnes & Noble has announced a new Nook tablet that neatly fits in-between its top-of-the-range S2 Nook and the basic Nook 7.0. It’s called the Nook E, and like other Nook tablets, it’s a special edition Samsung slate, this time adding the Nook name to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab E that launched during the summer.

It’s priced at $250 — which is less than the $400 S2 Nook and more than the $150 Nook 7.0 — but if you’re a B&N member, there’s the chance to shave 10-percent off that price. If the Galaxy Tab E name isn’t ringing any bells, don’t worry, the tablet only got a limited release around the world.

The screen measures 9.6-inches, making it the largest Nook tablet on sale, and has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. There’s a 1.2GHz processor and although the RAM isn’t mentioned, there’s 1.5GB inside the regular Tab E, so we doubt that’s changed here. A MicroSD card slot will increase the built-in 16GB of memory by another 128GB, depending on the size of the card you pop inside.

Barnes & Noble attract buyers to the Nook range with a selection of exclusive offers, including three free books, three free magazines, and a $5 credit towards a future purchase. The tablet comes with Nook apps pre-installed, making it easy to browse and select books, magazines, movies, and other digital content, either for rent or purchase.

The tablet’s spec sheet continues with a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, stereo speakers, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a battery that promises to return 12-hours of use before needing a recharge. The Nook E runs Android, although the version isn’t stated.

If you’ve got an old Nook tablet or eReader hanging around, then you can put it to good use if you fancy any of B&N’s new models. The company’s offering a $50 trade-in credit if you hand over one of the older, discontinued models. It will also consider other tablets including iPads and Kindles, when the trade-in value could rise up to $200. Check out the full list of tablets the company will accept here.

The Nook E is available to purchase right now.

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