Barnes & Noble announces new Nooks that will compete with Kindles and Nexus 7
Now that we know that Amazon is done touting its horn about the revised Kindles, it’s Barnes & Noble’s turn to load the gun with its revised Nook tablets.
Barnes & Noble recently announced that it will launch two versions of the Nook, one being a 7-inch HD tablet aimed at competing with Amazon’s and Google’s 7-inchers, and the other being a 9-inch HD+ directed at high-end and shared users.
Both Nooks will have a dual-core OMAP 4470 processor, but the HD+ Nook will have its OMAP clocked a bit higher than the HD model (1.5GHz on the HD+ as compared to 1.3GHz on the HD). Similarly, the two Nooks will have 1GB of RAM, and an advertised 10 hours of reading on one charge.
Also, the HD and HD+ will both run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, albeit the OS will be heavily skinned to Barnes & Noble’s liking.
The main difference between the two Nooks involves the screen resolution. The Nook HD will have a 1440×900 screen resolution, whereas the HD+ will have a 1920×1280 resolution.
Prices of the Nooks vary depending on storage capacity, but all will come with microSD slots for expandability. The base model Nook HD 8GB will cost tablet-shoppers US $199, and the 16GB HD model will costs an extra $30. The larger HD+ 16GB model will cost $269, and likewise, for an extra $30 you can have the HD+ 32GB model.