Barnes & Noble Nook HD, Nook HD+ Are Thin, Lightweight
The latest editions of the company’s tablets, the Nook HD and Nook HD+, pack a new user interface into a thin and lightweight design.Bookseller Barnes & Noble isn’t resting in the face of renewed competition from other e-reader manufacturers with the release of the 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+, which start at $199 and $269. Users can access more than three million books, a comprehensive selection of magazines and apps, as well as media content through the company’s recently launched Nook Video and Nook Catalog portals. A new built-in email app offers additional features in a user-friendly format that supports a host of personal and work-related email services including Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Both models will ship in late October and be available in stores in early November. The 7-inch Nook HD features a high-definition 1440 x 900 display with 243 pixels per inch and HD video playback of up to 720p, while optical bonding technology with no air gap can deliver low-glare and a wide viewing angle for sharing. Through the development of a design that integrates the display into the device itself, Barnes & Noble eliminated several components to keep the Nook HD weighing in at only 11.1 ounces (315 grams) and just 5-inches wide. The company claims it is more than 20 percent lighter and nearly a half-inch narrower rival Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. Among other features is a dual-core 1.3GHz high-speed processor, 1GB of random access memory (RAM), and the tablet is available for pre-order in two colors, Snow and Smoke. The base Nook HD model, offered at, $199 features 8GB of storage, while the 16GB version, listed at $229, offers 16GB of storage. Both feature expandable microSD memory storage options.
The 9-inch Nook HD+ display offers a resolution of 1920 x 1280 and 256 pixels per inch for up to 1080p. The tablet weighs in at 18.2 ounces (515 grams) and features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The Nook HD+ is available in two models, a 16GB edition for $269 and 32GB version for $299. The larger tablet is only available in the Smoke color option, according to a company release.