BOOK RETAILER Barnes & Noble announced two HD tablets today, the 7in Nook HD and the 9in Nook HD+.
Set to rival Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7 tablets when it launches in the UK this Autumn, the 7in Nook HD will feature the highest resolution display seen on a 7in tablet at 1440x900. Barnes & Noble said that with a pixel density of 243ppi, the Nook HD has 25 percent more pixels than the Kindle Fire HD's 216ppi screen.
On the inside, the device has a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and graphics processing capabilities that the firm says are 80 percent faster than the Kindle Fire HD when it comes to displaying smoother, faster animations, renderings and apps experiences. However, this will be something we'll have to test for ourselves when we get our hands on a review unit.
Barnes & Noble's president of Product Jamie Iannone told The INQUIRER that at 127mm wide, with a wider bezel to rest your thumbs on in use, the device has been designed so that it can be held in smaller hands comfortably.
The firm also said that at 315g, the Nook HD is 20 percent lighter than Amazon's Kindle Fire HD that weighs 395g and also significantly lighter than Google's Nexus 7 tablet, which weighs 340g.
The Nook HD will be available in two colours, "Snow" (white) and "Smoke" (mid-grey) when it hits the shops, and will be priced at £159 for the 8GB model and £189 for the 16GB version, both of which have the option of using microSD card expandable memory for extra storage.
The Nook HD+ tablet is the 9in model of Barnes & Noble's new tablet lineup, offering a larger display with a full HD resolution of 1920x1280, somewhat less than the Ipad's Retina display that boasts 2084x1536 resolution. It also features 256ppi pixel density for up to HD 1080p video playback.
Weighing 515g, it is also much lighter than Apple's Ipad, with Barnes & Noble saying that the Nook HD+ is "the lightest full HD tablet ever invented". Packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, the Nook HD+ will come in just one colour, "slate" (dark grey).
Featuring expandable memory like the 7in Nook HD, the Nook HD+ will come in a 16GB option for £229 and a 32GB model for £269, almost half the price of an Ipad.
Both the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ will be available to preorder at some point in October. Release dates have not been announced yet, but these Nook tablets are expected to hit store shelves in mid-November. µ