$199 7-inch Nook HD and $269 9-inch Nook HD+ tablets revealed by Barnes & Noble

Did you think Barnes & Noble was going to sit back and let Amazon have all the spot light? If so, you couldn’t be more wrong. Barnes & Noble, which entered the fray last year with eReaders that quickly evolved into full-blown Android tablets, has revealed two new Nook tablets: 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+.

The Nook HD has a 7-inch 1,440 x 900 IPS display (243 ppi), dual-core 1.3GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, 1GB RAM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4,050mAh battery. The device is available in 8GB and 16GB versions for $199 and $229, respectively.

The Nook HD+ has a 9-inch 1,920 x 1,280 IPS display (256 ppi), dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, 1GB RAM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and 6,000mAh battery. The device is available in 16GB and 32GB versions for $269 and $299, respectively.

Both the Nook HD and Nook HD+ support microSD expansion, have a HDMI port, and run on Barnes & Noble’s custom version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which doesn’t come with Google Play Store. Neither devices have front or back cameras or versions that support cellular data.

The most notable of the two, of course, is the Nook HD+ which hits a price point no 9-inch (or similar) tablet from a popular vendor has gone before — $269. More specifically, this undercuts Amazon’s 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD by $30 although you must remember that most people won’t pay sales tax when purchasing a Kindle Fire HD while you will pay sales tax purchasing a Nook HD+.

Interestingly enough, despite the larger battery, B&N says the Nook HD gets better battery life than the Nook HD+ — 10.5 hours of reading/9 hours of video and 10 hours of reading/9 hours of video, respectively. This is probably due to the superior resolution and processor on the Nook HD+ but is still very surprising and could indicate poor power management for the Nook HD+.

It will be interesting to see how customers react to B&N’s offering. Personally, if I were to pick between a Kindle Fire or Nook, I’d go with the Kindle Fire HD simply because Amazon has a superior Android ecosystem than B&N. However, I’m likely never to buy a Kindle Fire or Nook simply because I’m not a fan of an Android device that doesn’t come with any Google apps, in particular Play Store.

At this time the Nook HD and Nook HD+ are only available in the USA and UK. Availability for other regions is unknown. The tablets are available for pre-order now and will start shipping in October; they will hit B&N shelves in November.

[via Engadget]

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  • Mike

    @naveed: I must say, I used to like the B&N tablet “corner decoration”–it was something different and appealing, and a handy place for a memory card slot. But with the latest tablet, it’s starting to look like a leftover from earlier, and is not nearly as elegant.

  • Mike

    Just an update for Amazon customers in California (and, possibly, other states):

    Don’t be surprised, but Amazon (pursuant to its earlier agreement with the State of California) now automatically adds and collects California sales tax for items mailed to California (I believe that’s how it works) . . . . I believe that Amazon reached a similar agreement with some other states, but I don’t recall which and the timing.

    Oddly, the Amazon computer programming doesn’t seem to be up to the task yet, as the tax applied to an order in the website ordering process notes that it is an estimate subject to modification when finally calculated. LOL (for the seeming ridiculousness of the imprecision of this at this point in time, especially given whom we’re talking about here . . .).

    This “equalizes” the sales tax issue for folks in California (and in some other states) between Amazon and B&N tablets.

  • They really should lose that stupid thing in the corner. Such a waste of space and mass.

  • Lenchanteurmerlin

    To be quite honest I’d be more interested by a Kindle DX type of stuff (e-ink), to read all my PDF. I am not sure I understand the use one can have of any of these tablets.

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: Are you the real Locutus? The real Locutus would know anything Android is hackable — it is just a matter of how hard a device is to hack. ;-)

    On a serious note, I hope Google hits $250 with a Nexus 10 although that is seeming more and more unlikely. If Amazon and B&N cannot bring it lower, I doubt Google can.

  • If this is hackable, it’s an amazing price for a $269 9″ tablet. Let’s hope Google can match it the next time the Nexus series is refreshed!