Barnes & Noble has unveiled its latest Android tablet, rather unimaginatively called the Nook Tablet, which will sit alongside its other tablet, the Nook Color as well as the company’s ereaders.
Like the Nook Color, we are unlikely to see the Nook Tablet on sale this side of the Atlantic. The 7in device is a direct competitor to the recently launched Kindle Fire from Amazon which also features a 7in form factor.
The Nook Tablet will, like its predecessor, have a 7in IPS screen but inside will see boosted specs, including a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of local storage - expandable by a further 32GB by way of an SD card slot.
While not initially clear, both the Nook Color and the Nook Tablet run highly customised versions of Android Gingerbread and the new verison on the Nook Tablet will also be coming to the older tablet. The Nook Tablet is also going to ship with pre-loaded apps for Netflix, Hulu and Pandora, with the customised Netflix app promising the best integration seen on a tablet so far.
However the Nook Tablet, like the Nook Color won’t give users access to the Android Market - thopugh for some this will be a bonus.
The Nook Tablet will go on sale in the US for $249 next week and the Nook Color will drop down in price to $199 – the same price as the Kindle Fire.