Barnes & Noble on Tuesday unveiled an 8GB version of its Nook Tablet for $199 and dropped the price of its Nook Color e-reader to $169.
The storage capacity and price of the new Nook Tablet brings it in line with its biggest rival, the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Just like the original, 16GB Nook Tablet, the 8GB is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The 8GB boasts 512MB of RAM, however, down from the 1GB on 16GB Nook Tablet.
For those with a lot of content, that 32GB upgrade might be necessary. At this point, an 8GB Nook Tablet will provide 1.5GB of storage for onboard Barnes & Noble content and 4GB of side-loaded personal files, like music, videos, or PDFs, though content can also be accessed via Nook Cloud for those with an Internet connection.
For the $249 16GB version, meanwhile, Barnes & Noble announced plans for a March software update that will allow users to flip their tablet's storage allocation. Users will have the option for 5.5GB of Barnes & Noble content and 8GB for personal content. When it's available, users can bring their Nook to a Barnes & Noble store for the update. After that, users can choose which storage option they want when purchasing the 16GB Nook Tablet.
The 8GB Nook Tablet is available now via nook.com and in Barnes & Noble stores and will be available at retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart in the coming weeks.
The $169 Nook Color is also available now at Barnes & Noble stores and online.
Barnes & Noble unveiled its Nook Tablet in November, around the same time that Amazon also released the Fire. Neither option could really compete with the iPad, but the Fire managed to become the number-two tablet behind Apple's ubiquitous tablet with an estimated 3.9 million tablets sold during the fourth quarter, according to IHS iSuppli.
Barnes & Noble moved 1.9 million Nook Tablets in the last quarter, iSuppli said, for about 7 percent of the tablet market. In January, however, Barnes & Noble said it was considering a spinoff of its Nook business, but a final decision has not been made.