Barnes & Noble unveils 2 new tablets

The new, lower-cost tablets take on rivals from Apple, Amazon and Google.

By Benzinga Sep 26, 2012 3:11PM
By Louis Bedigian

Barnes & Noble (BKS) unveiled two new tablets Wednesday: the 7-inch Nook HD and the 9-inch Nook HD+.

In a move clearly geared at undercutting the price of chief competitor Amazon (AMZN), Barnes & Noble priced the 16GB Nook HD+ starting at $269, or $30 cheaper than the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. The retailer is also selling a 32GB model for $299, or $70 cheaper than the 32GB Kindle Fire HD.

The opposite is true for the smaller tablets. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD starts at $199 and comes with 16GB of memory; the 7-inch Nook HD retails for the same price but comes with only 8GB of memory. Consumers can spend an extra $30 to get a 16GB Nook HD, or an extra $50 to get a 32GB Kindle Fire HD.

Barnes & Noble has set up a few product comparison pages to show the differences between its tablets and the Kindle Fire HDKindle Fire HD 8.9" and Apple's (AAPL) third-generation iPad.

Next to the price, consumers will quickly notice that while Amazon charges $20 for a wall charger, the new Nooks include one in every package. The Nook HD and Nook HD+ will also ship without ads. Amazon charges consumers an additional $15 to remove ads from its new tablets.Credit: Barnes & Noble handout/AP Photo
Caption: Barnes & Noble's new Nook tablet

These comparisons are aimed at highlighting the cost benefits of owning a Barnes & Noble tablet versus other tablets.

The new Nooks also feature expandable memory (via microSD) and are lighter than their competitors. While the third-generation iPad weighs 23 ounces, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 weighs 20.0 ounces, the Nook HD+ comes in at 18.2 ounces. The 7-inch Nook HD is also lighter than the 7-inch Kindle Fire, weighing 11.1 ounces versus 13.9 ounces.

With a screen resolution of 1440x900 (720p, 243 pixels per inch), the Nook HD features the highest resolution of any 7-inch tablet. Its 1.3 GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 Texas Instruments (TXN) processor is also faster than the 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor featured in the Kindle Fire HD.

Both the Nook HD and Nook HD+ contain an exclusive new feature called Nook Profiles, allowing six people to customize each tablet to their liking (similar to the way users customize a Mac or PC).

Barnes & Noble will ship the new tablets in late October. Retail stores are expected to begin selling them in early November.

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Sep 26, 2012 3:42PM
Some how failed to mention that the B&N has a unique and proprietary connector.  While Amazon does not supply a wall charger, unless you have been living in a cave or under a rock you have a draw full of those.  I have never met anyone who uses a tablet for hours on end so holding one is a non-issue regardless of whose you buy.  I own both an I-Pad , Kindle and Kindle Fire.  Frankly other than the basic Kindle I consider the tablets toys and use my laptop the majority of the time.

If common sense and logic applied Netbooks would still be highly popular but the market it driven by the next best thing even if it is not.
Sep 27, 2012 12:43AM
Gee, Nokia has a Reader app for my Lumia 900 that stores ebooks on SkyDrive.   Who;s going to make the tablet reader that runs Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8? Guess you don't need one if you got a B&N, Microsoft or Nokia reader app.  I see millions and billions of devices replacing the iPad and iPhone at much more economical prices.
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