Barnes & Noble has been very busy with the Nook, or at least with firmware updates and expanding the Nook eBookstore. But since the launch of the Nook Wi-Fi this summer — which is really the same Nook with the 3G removed — they haven’t done much in the hardware department.
That may change next October 26th as rumors indicate Barnes & Noble is set to announce a full-color touchscreen eReader. CNET is reporting that a tipster leaked that Barnes & Noble will soon release the Nook Color, a Google Android-powered, seven-inch color eReader that will retail for $249. The tipster claims that with the Nook Color, Barnes & Noble is taking “a big step ahead, instead of chasing Amazon.”
Mention an Android-powered color eReader and my immediate thoughts turn to the Pandigital Novel and other generic tablets branded as “color eReaders.” However, I doubt B&N would release a generic tablet and pass it off as a “big step ahead” of Amazon.
Of course, B&N could be incorporating the Qualcomm Mirasol display tech that has everyone buzzing as the future of color eReaders. The low-power screen technology displays color, has suitable contrast for reading, supports video up to 30 frames per second, and resists glare almost as well as eInk. But Mirasol if still reportedly months away from hitting the market, and early rumors had Mirasol the display of choice for a future Amazon Kindle.