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Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD and Nook HD+ go on sale in the UK

Light, high resolution and 'better than the competition'
Thu Nov 22 2012, 10:50

UNITED STATES BOOKSELLER Barnes & Noble has released its Nook HD and Nook HD+ to the UK market, boasting about their lightness and definition.

Barnes & Noble's Nooks have to come out swinging in the face of competition from alternatives like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Apple Ipad Mini. 

The firm throws in hits about its tablets' pricing, size and screen quality, all of which, it says, should win the favour of consumers.

The Nook HD has a 7in display that Barnes & Noble says has the highest resolution of any 7in tablet on the market, and the HD+ turns this up to 11 with its 9in screen, 20 percent thinner case and low price.

Customers who preordered the ereaders should be listening out for the postman, as Barnes & Noble said that they are shipping now. If you want to check out the ereaders, they will be in shops including John Lewis, Argos, Asda, Dixons, Sainsbury, Waitrose, and high street bookshops Blackwell's and Foyles.

"Our new tablets offer the best quality reading and entertainment experiences, at the best price. With the highest resolution 7in display available in the UK, every book read, every movie watched, every game played is rendered in a digital quality unmatched by other tablets," said Jamie Iannone, president of Nook Media.

"Pre-orders have exceeded our expectations and we look forward to UK customers being able to experience these stunning new tablets."

You can get the dual-core processor Nook HD tablet in one of two colours, Snow and Smoke, and will pay £159 for the 8GB model and £189 for the 16GB version. If those sound too small, then fear not as the ereaders include slots for expandable memory cards.

The Nook HD+ lines up against the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Barnes & Noble says it is 20 percent lighter and 10mm narrower than its rival. It has a pixel density of 243ppi, 25 percent more pixels than the Kindle Fire HD, and weighs 25g less than the Google Nexus 7.

The Nook HD+ has a 9in antiglare screen with HD 1080p resolution, making it equally at home with magazines and books.

It weighs 515g, making it light in its class, and has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 256ppi pixel density. It comes in one colour, Slate, and costs £229 for the 16GB version and £269 for the 32GB model. µ


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