Barnes & Noble is throwing their hat into theb tablet ring with the Nook Tablet. This is a $249 lightweight tablet optimzed for reading e-books, streaming movies and browsing the Web.
This Nook is the next-generation of the Nook Color device that they revealed last year.
With this tablet, Barnes and Noble clearly plan to compete head-to-head with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet that begins shipping next week.
Some of the specs of the Nook:
- a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core CPU
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of built-in storage
- a MicroSD card slot
- Integrated Netflix
- Hulu Plus for video
- Pandora and Grooveshark for music streaming
- Streaming 1080p video.
- A microphone
The tablet however has no Bluetooth support.
B&N says the battery will last 10 hours for reading, and 9 hours for high-def video playback—an almost 20 percent improvement over the Nook Color.
B&N’s Nook Tablet will be available in its stores on Nov. 17, two days after Amazon begins shipping pre-ordered Kindle Fires.
“Kindle Fire is deficient for a media tablet,” Barnes and Noble CEO William Lynch proclaimed at the Nook Tablet’s launch event Monday in New York City. “Content will render better on Nook than on Kindle Fire.”
This is more of what Windows 8 has to compete with next year.