Barnes & Noble Introduces Nook Tabletby Andrew Cunningham on November 7, 2011 2:00 PM EST
Barnes & Noble today unveiling its new Nook Tablet, the follow-up to its modestly successful Nook Color tablet. Like the Nook Color and Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire, the device is being marketed as an e-reader that can also stream video, download apps, and view full-color magazines and comic books. The new tablet debuts for $249, $50 more than Amazon's upcoming tablet.
The Nook Tablet takes most of its design cues from the earlier Nook Color, right down to the cutaway corner - it's a 7" inch touchscreen tablet constructed mostly of plastic, is 8.1 inches high by 5.0 inches wide by 0.48 inches thick, and it weighs 14.1 ounces (a little less than a pound). The 1024x600 screen is the same as the one used in the Color, but it features double the memory (1GB) and storage space (16GB, along with a microSD slot), a 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core SoC, and improved battery life (with wireless turned off, B&N rates it at 11.5 hours for reading and 9 hours of video playback). It will run a customized Android Gingerbread distribution similar to the custom Froyo release currently used by the Nook Color.
The E ink Nook Simple Touch and older Nook Color tablet are still around - the new Simple Touch uses a combination of hardware and software improvements to increase page refresh speed (existing Simple Touch owners will get the software improvements via an update). The Nook Color has had its price dropped to $199 from $249, and will be getting a software update to bring it up to speed with the new Nook Tablet.
|Tablet Specification Comparison|
|Amazon Kindle Fire||Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet||Apple iPad 2||Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9|
|Dimensions||190 x 120 x 11.4mm||203.2 x 127 x 12.2mm||241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8mm||230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6mm|
|Display||7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS||7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS||9.7-inch 1024 x 768 IPS||8.9-inch 1280 x 800 PLS|
|Processor||1GHz TI OMAP 4430 (2 x Cortex A9)||1GHz TI OMAP 4430 (2 x Cortex A9)||1GHz Apple A5 (2 x Cortex A9)||1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 (2 x Cortex A9)|
The new tablet is available for pre-order now, and will begin shipping on November 18.
Source: Barnes & Noble