Barnes & Noble Unveils Nook Tablet

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.

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

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.

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