Barnes & Noble has unveiled the Nook Color, its latest generation eReader featuring a seven-inch color touchscreen, nearly one year to the date it unveiled the original Nook eReader.
So the rumors were correct, and Barnes & Noble has ditched the dual-screen displays of the original Nook as well as eInk for a device that strongly resembles a tablet. Barnes & Noble claims it is the first eReader to offer more than 100 magazines and newspapers in color. In fact, according to B&N, there will be more than 100 magazine titles available by launch, each available via subscription or by issue.
The Nook Color will also support the more than 2 million eBooks in the NookBook store.
The Nook Color backlit display sports a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution (169 pixels per inch) and features VividView technology that B&N claims shows more than 16 million colors and offers a 178-degree viewing angle.
The new Nook ships with 8GB of built-in storage, which is good for about 6000 eBooks, and features a microSD slot for up to 32GB of additional capacity. Nook Color will support b/g/n Wi-Fi, but not 3G, which the first-generation eReader offered. However, a 3G Nook Color could be released soon, B&N said at the Nook Color unveiling. B&N claims the battery can last for up to eight hours between charges with the Wi-Fi turned off.
Supported file types include:
Media Player Too
Just like the tablets it resembles, the Nook Color is also a media player with a built-in mono speaker, able to handle MP4 video as well as MP3 and AAC audio files. It can also display JPG, GIF, PNG and BMP image files.
Just like the other Nook, the Nook Color also runs Android, and through the Nook Developer program, there are apps available. Nook Color applications include Pandora internet radio, chess and Sudoku games and crossword puzzles. The Nook color also features a web browser.
Barnes & Noble claimed during the press event that the Nook Color will not have access to the Android Market nor will the Nook Color support Flash.
The Nook Color measures 8.1 x 5 x .48 inches and weighs a little less than a pound. It features a microSD card slot and 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. It ships with a USB cable and power adapter.
Preorders begin today on the B&N website and the device is expected to ship November 19th for $249. The Nook Color will also be available at Best Buy and Walmart. Barnes & Noble will still sell the original Nook eReader.