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Barnes & Noble Launches Two New Nook Tablets Priced to Kill

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Barnes & Noble customers can now pre-purchase the 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+, slated to arrive in November.

The 7-inch Nook HDThe 7-inch Nook HDAs expected, Barnes & Noble has revealed the next-generation Nook tablet – or in this case, tablets: the 7-inch Nook HD and the larger 9-inch Nook HD+. They're priced to kill too, ranging from $199 to $299.

The news is surprisingly early, and arrives after the company announced its new Nook Video service which will stream movies and TV shows to any compatible device. The service is tied into the new UltraViolet digital format which allows consumers to purchase video content and watch it on multiple platforms.

Barnes & Noble is actually calling "world's first" on the 7-inch Nook HD model, saying it's the lightest tablet of its size on the market and has the highest resolution seen on that tablet form factor. The specs reveal it to weigh a mere 11.1 oz, and feature a screen with a 1440 x 900 resolution (243 pixels per inch). In comparison, the just-released Kindle Fire HD weighs 13.9 oz and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 (216 pixels per inch).

According to this comparison chart, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ sport a Texas Instruments OMAP4470 dual-core SoC, clocked at 1.3 GHz for the smaller tablet and 1.5 GHz for the 9-inch version. The smaller tablet also features 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM, and the larger tablet has 16 GB or 32 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM. Both can be expanded storage-wise thanks to a microSD card slot.

The specs also show that the battery promises up to 10 hours of reading and up to 9.5 hours of video. The Nook tablets also come with dual stereo speakers, and a wall charger which apparently isn't included with the Kindle Fire HD (doh). Additional features include an "ad-free" experience, Word/Excel/PowerPoint compatibility, support for personal profiles, parental controls and more.

The 9-inch Nook HD+The 9-inch Nook HD+In this comparison chart featuring Apple iPad 3, the 9-inch Nook HD+, which weighs 18.2 oz, sports a 1920 x 1280 resolution and 256 pixels per inch, falling below Apple's tablet which sports a 2048 x 1536 resolution and 264 pixels per inch. Yet the Nook HD+ has a laminated screen with no air gap whereas the iPad 3 has an air gap.

Barnes & Noble is seemingly a bit more aggressive in pricing this time around, especially with Google now present in the 7-inch tablet market. The Nook HD – offered in Snow (white) and Smoke (silver) colors, will cost $199 for the 8 GB version and $229 for the 16 GB version – note that the Nexus 7 costs $249 for the 16 GB model. The 9-inch Nook HD+ will cost $269 for the 16 GB version and $299 for the 32 GB version, hitting both Amazon and Apple where is hurts.

"Both new tablets feature an all-new beautiful 'paper-like' user interface that gets customers right into the content they want, and allows quick access into core applications: Home, Library, Shop and Web," the company said on Wednesday. "The new experience is intended to make NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ the easiest tablets on the market to use, empowering customers to take advantage of its extensive functionality and enjoy a reading experience that far surpasses that of any other tablets."

The new Nook tablets will be office-friendly as well, as the revamped email app supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Of course, it also supports email, calendar and contacts syncing for popular services like Gmail, Hotmail and Outlook.com, as well other popular POP3/IMAP email services like Yahoo!, AOL and more.

In addition to announcing the tablets and Nook Video, the book retailer also said the Nook Store has been revamped to fit the high-resolution screens. The number of Nook Apps has also grown 10x in the last year, the company said, and Nook Newspapers have an all-new design as well.

The Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets can be pre-purchased now, and will ship in late October -- they won't be available in stores until early November. Barnes & Noble also announced the Nook Simple Touch and the Nook Simple Touch with GowLight, which will be covered in a separate news article.

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    boiler1990 , September 26, 2012 4:03 PM
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    The specs reveal it to weigh a mere 11.1 oz, and feature a screen with a 1440 x 900 resolution (243 pixels per inch).


    1440x900 in a 7" panel? Damn son...
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    gidgiddonihah , September 26, 2012 4:12 PM
    I was excited until I read that the 7" model only has 512MB of RAM. My tablet with 1GB of RAM hits the ceiling frequently so it seems to be a weird corner to cut, especially when you are talking about how much power this thing is packing. I realize that they have to cut corners to get to the 199$ price tag but that seems a poor place to cut.
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    pwrntspd , September 26, 2012 4:17 PM
    All i really get from this is that sony is going to have one hell of a time selling the Vita...
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    teh_chem , September 26, 2012 4:26 PM
    It's good to hear that B&N is actually morphing to address a consumer base rather than sticking to the "mostly books" avenue. These sound like great alternatives to Kindle Fire HD options from a price point, but I think Amazon still has them beat in the services and content. I'm eagerly awaiting my 8.9" Fire HD, but it's great to see a change in the competition, which benefits everyone.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , September 26, 2012 4:32 PM
    boiler19901440x900 in a 7" panel? Damn son...

    I'm happy enough with 1600x900 in a 14" panel. Though, I do wish you could get these panels in wired/wireless touchscreens with DVI/DisplayPort and power ports, a battery, and a WiDi receiver. I'm not sure what I'd do with it yet, but I'd find something.

    So much for the rumor that the new Nooks would use Windows 8, though...
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 26, 2012 4:47 PM
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    I was excited until I read that the 7" model only has 512MB of RAM. My tablet with 1GB of RAM hits the ceiling frequently so it seems to be a weird corner to cut, especially when you are talking about how much power this thing is packing.


    Galaxy Tab P1000, 512MB RAM, running Jelly Bean - thanks to Cyanogenmod. Blame stock Android, not hardware manufacturers.

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    $229 for the 16 GB version – note that the Nexus 7 costs $249 for the 16 GB model.


    I'll happily pay an extra $20 just for the Asus logo and having a Google reference device :D 

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    bustapr , September 26, 2012 4:52 PM
    gidgiddonihahI was excited until I read that the 7" model only has 512MB of RAM. My tablet with 1GB of RAM hits the ceiling frequently so it seems to be a weird corner to cut, especially when you are talking about how much power this thing is packing. I realize that they have to cut corners to get to the 199$ price tag but that seems a poor place to cut.

    the 8gb $200 model has 512mb, the 16gb $229 model has 1gb according to the kindle fire vs nook hd comparison on B&N site. I actually think this is the best 7 inch tablet in the price range. "OH BUT THE NEXUS 7...", the nexus 7 doesnt have hdmi and doesnt have expandable storage, its useless for my regular use. the nexus 7, kindle fire, and nook hd are very competitive in the price range. they take nice jabs at each other with current models. But the fact that the nook hd has expandable storage wins me over. 16gb just isnt enough.
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    castle songbird , September 26, 2012 5:02 PM
    So is Barnes and Noble eventually just gonna become a tablet kiosk chain?
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    teh_chem , September 26, 2012 5:40 PM
    bustaprthe 8gb $200 model has 512mb, the 16gb $229 model has 1gb according to the kindle fire vs nook hd comparison on B&N site. I actually think this is the best 7 inch tablet in the price range. "OH BUT THE NEXUS 7...", the nexus 7 doesnt have hdmi and doesnt have expandable storage, its useless for my regular use. the nexus 7, kindle fire, and nook hd are very competitive in the price range. they take nice jabs at each other with current models. But the fact that the nook hd has expandable storage wins me over. 16gb just isnt enough.

    This says it well. I don't understand the obsession with the nexus 7. If anyone other than google released it, people would complain about its lack of various "standard" features coupled with the small internal storage all day long.
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    JOSHSKORN , September 26, 2012 5:53 PM
    Make that 7"er a phone with a gigantic battery and we have a deal. I like big phones and I cannot lie.
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    hannibal , September 26, 2012 6:03 PM
    Well in anyway more competition is good! Now we just need some cross reference and tests between these cheapo tabs.
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    CaedenV , September 26, 2012 6:06 PM
    man I was really rooting for that win8RT nook, but this is still pretty awesome for the price.
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    donovands , September 26, 2012 6:09 PM
    Anyone know what sort of connection the power adapter uses? For me a big selling point of the Kindle Fire was that it used exactly the same interface as blackberry which made it very convenient for charging. When I travel I just need to walk with one power adapter.
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    cscott_it , September 26, 2012 7:16 PM
    teh_chemThis says it well. I don't understand the obsession with the nexus 7. If anyone other than google released it, people would complain about its lack of various "standard" features coupled with the small internal storage all day long.

    I was an early adopter of the Nexus 7 (16GB) and I've been happy with it. Though, I don't need expandable storage for my tablet (Cloud + Other Devices) and I won't be using it to play video on my TV or other devices. I think it's a "to each their own" situation.
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    beardguy , September 26, 2012 8:17 PM
    Smart move to get these out ASAP and compete with the new Kindles.

    I suspect Google, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble will all be in the tablet game for the long haul. I think it's more of a question of who can gobble up a considerable market share vs who can release some groundbreaking device like Microsoft is apparently trying to do with it's tablet.

    The market for a PC-like tablet may increase, but for now they are still just media consuming devices. If the price is right and they can pretty much do all the standard things like surf the net, play games/movies, etc. people will buy them.
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    tbq , September 26, 2012 9:19 PM
    donovandsAnyone know what sort of connection the power adapter uses? For me a big selling point of the Kindle Fire was that it used exactly the same interface as blackberry which made it very convenient for charging. When I travel I just need to walk with one power adapter.


    Kindles use a standard micro-USB plug which is why you can use them with other power adapters.
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    pliskin1 , September 26, 2012 10:28 PM
    gidgiddonihahI was excited until I read that the 7" model only has 512MB of RAM. My tablet with 1GB of RAM hits the ceiling frequently so it seems to be a weird corner to cut, especially when you are talking about how much power this thing is packing. I realize that they have to cut corners to get to the 199$ price tag but that seems a poor place to cut.

    Especially when RAM is soo cheap. I would happily pay a little extra for more RAM.
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    merikafyeah , September 27, 2012 1:34 AM
    "They're priced to kill too..."

    I briefly read that as "They're priced to kill you".

    Other guy: Like Apple products?

    *ba dum tsh*