Barnes and Noble announces two lightweight, high resolution Tablets. These are all New 7-Inch Nook HD and 9-Inch Nook HD+. They’ll roll out just in time for users to watch HD content from the new Nook Video store.
The 7-inch tablet weighs 11.1 ounces. Its larger sibling is 18.2 ounces, making it lighter than the iPad and making them both more appropriate for reading, he added. The iPad weighs about 23 ounces.
Barnes and Noble Nook HD Tablet
The Nook HD’s big bragging point is its display, which is the highest-resolution of any 7-inch tablet out there: 1440 x 900 at 243 pixels per inch. By comparison, the Fire HD and the Nexus 7 both have 7-inch displays that run at 1280 x 800 and 216 ppi.
Other features of Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD are a dual-core 1.3GHz Texas Instruments processor that slightly edges out (on paper at least) the Fire HD’s 1.2GHz Texas Instruments processor.
The price of Nook HD starts at $200 with 8GB of built-in storage (Amazon’s $200 model features 16GB of space). If you want more internal storage, there’s a Nook HD with 16GB built-in for $230, undercutting the 16GB, $250 Nexus 7 by $20. The $250 Fire HD comes with 32GB of storage, but the Nook HD is the only one of the three that features an microSD card slot (which can handle up to a 64GB card).
Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ Tablet
The Nook HD+ is built and priced to take on the Fire HD’s 8.9-inch model and Apple’s iPad (which has a 9.7-inch screen). With a 9-inch, 1920 x 1280 display, the Nook HD+ offers just a bit more sharpness than the Fire HD’s 1920 x 1200 screen, and slightly less than the iPad’s 2048 x 1536 screen. Inside of the Nook HD+ is a dual-core, 1.5GHz Texas Instruments CPU.
The Nook HD+ will sell for $270 with 16GB of storage and $300 with 32GB of storage. And like the smaller Nook HD, the HD+ will include a microSD card slot for expanded storage, as well.
Pre-orders for the Nook HD and Nook HD+ will start online and in Barnes & Noble stores on Wednesday.
The devices will ship in late October and hit Barnes & Noble’s own store shelves (as well as the shelves of other retailers) sometime in November.