Barnes & Noble: a Nook Tablet to compete with the Kindle Fire?
November 04th, 2011 - 12:10 pm ET by C. D.
It may not be a Nook Color 2 but rather a Nook Tablet which will be presented next week by book
retailer Barnes & Noble to try and remain in the market when competing with Amazon’s Kindle
Early this week, an invitation was sent by Barnes & Noble to an event on the 7th of November, suggesting the arrival of a successor to their Nook Color reader, a few weeks after the unveiling of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet/reader.
The Nook Color was an initial attempt at a hybrid device mixing a reader and tactile tablet thanks to the use of the Android platform and a colour display. While it was anticipated their next move could be towards a Nook Color 2, it now appears the device could be a Nook Tablet.
The blog Engadget has obtained advance details about the future product which will come with a 7' screen (IPS) with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor, with 1 GB of RAM and a microSDHC port for storage.
Launched at the same time as the Kindle Fire The Nook Tablet will remain very similar to the Nook Color, right down to its aspect, although it will bring with it additional entertainment possibilities. It will be Wi-Fi compatible and will provide up to 8 hours of battery life – far from the numerous weeks available with their e-paper reader.
Engadget indicates that i twill be available for pre-order from the 7th of November, and will be available for sale from the 16th of November for 249 dollars, higher than the Kindle Fire (199 dollars) to be launched at the same time.