Tis the season for new generations of tablets. While the world still waits to see if Apple enters into the 7" tablet market, Amazon has announced the new Kindle Fire HD, and Barnes & Noble isn’t sitting pretty with its Nook line either. They have just announced the new Nook HD line, which brings some new features and improved specs to the Nook tablet line.
The 7“ Nook HD, which boasts a new 1440×900 screen, is now capable of playing back 720p video thanks to its dual-core processor of unknown speed, features a new email app and improved browser, and B&N boasts that it is the lightest 7” tablet ever. There’s no camera in the device, though B&N’s CEO claims that Nook users have no need for one based on their feedback.
But the most interesting of the hardware announcements may be the Nook HD+. This is B&N taking a stab at the iPad like the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 â€“ it’s a 1920×1280 display at 256 ppi; the aspect ratio is supposedly designed to be optimal for reading content, as well as supporting video watching. There’s a dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP processor, 6000 mAh battery, though no word on the RAM yet.
The cost of these devices is competitive with Amazon and Apple as well; $199 for 8 GB the 7-inch Nook HD, $269 for the 16GB Nook HD+, with different storage configurations available for additional fees. There will also be microSD expandable storage. B&N has made sure to tout that there are no display ads like the Kindle Fire HD, which users have to pay to remove.
Along with the new devices, Barnes & Noble has announced their new Nook Video service which will let users buy TV shows and movies from companies like HBO, Viacaom, and Warner Brothers. This will complement apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus that already exist on the Nook store.
The new Nook HD models will be released in early November, as soon as November 1st according to the Nook website. It’s going to be a very merry Christmas for budget-minded tablet hunters.