Everyone’s favorite bookstore Barnes & Noble has returned to the tablet market with the new Nook HD and Nook HD+. The two devices will look to offer a cornucopia of entertainment, including over 3 million books, a large selection of magazines and apps, the recently launched Nook Video, and Nook Catalog content.
Barnes & Noble’s serious push into the tablet market is an obvious response to Amazon’s recent release of the Kindle Fire HD; but how will the Nook match-up against the competition?
The Nook HD will be the smaller tablet of the two, offering a 7-inch display with 1440×900 resolution and 243ppi, supporting up to 720p HD video playback. It will also house a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
It is going to come in two different versions: an 8GB and 16GB option. It will also allow for expandable memory via microSD cards. All of this will be formed in a compact sleek frame weighing in at only 11.1 ounces with a 5-inch width, which will make this device nearly 20% thinner and half an inch narrower than the Kindle Fire HD.
Its sister model, the Nook HD+, will offer a larger 9-inch display with 1920×1280 resolution and 256ppi, supporting up to 1080p video playback. The larger tablet will also look to offer strong performance with its 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
Similar to its counterpart, the Nook HD+ will be compact weighing 18.2 ounces. According to Barnes & Noble, this will be the lightest full HD tablet ever introduced. Again like the Nook HD, the Nook HD+ will offer expandable memory and two memory options, a 16GB version and a 32GB version.
Pricing and Availability
Both of these tablets will begin shipping in late October, and will be available in Barnes & Noble’s brick-and-mortar stores in early November.
The Nook HD will ship offering two colors “Snow” and “Smoke” and pricing will start at $200 for the 8GB model and $230 for the 16GB model. The Nook HD+ will only offer the “Slate” color upon release and pricing will start at $270 for the 16GB option and $300 for the 32GB option.
Barnes & Noble’s new duo certainly offers some enhancements over the Kindle Fire HD, but will the bookseller be able to match Amazon’s robust ecosystem? Consumers will find out this October.