Barnes & Noble takes on Amazon with Nook HD tablets
Barnes & Noble has announced two new Nook tablets to take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD in the UK.
The 7in Nook HD and 9in Nook HD+ are aimed unashamedly at Amazon’s market-leading Kindle Fire devices, which finally arrive on these shores next month.
They join the two previously announced Nook Simple Touch ebook readers in the company’s big UK push this Christmas.
The Nook HD is a 7in device with a 1,440 x 900 IPS display, for a pixel density of 243ppi. It’s powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz OMAP 4470 processor and 1GB of RAM, comes with 8GB or 16GB of storage with a microSD slot to add more, and has a 4,050mAh battery for a claimed nine hours of video playback. It’s 11mm thick and weighs 315g.
The Nook HD comes in Snow and Smoke colours, and is priced very closely to the Kindle Fire HD 7in: £159 for 8GB and £189 for 16GB.
With no Kindle Fire HD 8.9in in the UK, Barnes & Noble’s flagship Nook HD+ is an interesting proposition with its 9in 1,920 x 1,280 IPS display, giving a pixel density of 256ppi.
It has a dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP 4470 processor and 1GB of RAM, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage with a microSD slot, and a 6,000mAh battery so it can hit the same nine hours of video playback on one charge. It’s 11.5mm thick and weighs 515g.
The Nook HD+ comes in Slate colour at £229 for 16GB and £269 for 32GB.
Both tablets will be available to pre-order in late October for release in late November at Curry’s, PC World, Foyles, Blackwell’s, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
They also come with – in Barnes & Noble’s own words – “no annoying ads”.
Not only books
Barnes & Noble also announced its new Nook Video service, which will be live “this holiday” in the UK. Customers will be able to rent or purchase SD and HD content on the tablets, or on any device using the firm’s Nook Video apps. The apps sync across devices, so users can start a film on a tablet and finish on a laptop, for example.