Barnes & Noble unveils Nook HD, Nook HD+ tablets

Not wanting to get left behind, Barnes & Noble on Wednesday announced two new tablets: the 7-inch Nook HD and the 9-inch NOOK HD+.

The two tablets are playing catch-up to Apple, Google and, most notably, Amazon, which just this month announced its own set of new tablets.

The new Nook HD features a 7-inch screen with a higher resolution than its competitors at 1,440 by 900 pixels. Barnes & Noble said the Nook HD also weighs just 315 grams, or 11 ounces, has a 1.3Ghz dual-core processor and is available starting at $199 for an 8 GB model and $229 for a 16 GB version.


The Nook HD+ plays in the higher-end tablet market and boasts a 9-inch 1,920 by 1,280 pixel screen with a 256 pixel per inch density. It weighs 515 grams, or about 18 ounces, has a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and starts at $269 for 16 GB and $299 for 32 GB.

Taking a jab at Amazon, Barnes & Noble said neither tablet will come with “annoying ads.”

Both tablets, which run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, can be pre-ordered online now and are set to ship in late October. They are to be available for purchase in stores come November.

The unveiling of the Nook HD and Nook HD+ came as the company announced that it too will be getting into the digital movie and TV show market, with a new service called Nook Video.


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