On the heels of Amazon’s release of its new Kindle Fire HD lineup announced earlier this month, Barnes & Noble today launched a refreshed Nook tablet lineup consisting of the new Nook HD, and Nook HD+. Barnes & Noble’s old $249 Nook tablet is being replaced by two new models including a 7-inch Nook HD model starting at $199 and a 9.5-inch Nook HD+ model starting at $269.
NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ offer brilliant displays so customers can enjoy their favorite content and personal photos, not annoying ads as with Amazon’s tablets. And with low prices starting at $199 and $269 respectively, always ad-free NOOK tablets are a better value than Amazon’s, which charges customers an additional $15 for freedom from advertising offers on their tablet home page.
Starting with the Android 4.0-powered Nook HD, Barnes & Noble noted in its press release the device sports the highest resolution display of any 7-inch tablet “at 1440 x 900, with an unprecedented 243 pixels per inch and HD video playback of up to 720p.” Some of the other notable specs in the new device include a dual-core 1.3GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB ($199) or 16GB ($229) of storage, and a weight of just 315 grams. The HD will be available in Snow and Smoke colors, and it is already up for pre-order at nook.com. Barnes & Noble is promising 10.5-hours continuous reading time and 9 hours of video with the device’s 4,050mAh battery.
Moving on to the 9.5-inch, 1,920-by-1, 280-pixel Nook HD+: the new device includes 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0, a 6,000mAh battery good for up to 10 hours of battery life, 1 GB of RAM, and 16GB ($269) or 32GB ($299) of onboard storage. It is also lightweight like the other model at just 515 grams, and it is up for pre-order at nook.com.
Barnes & Noble plans to ship the new devices in October in at least the United Kingdom with both models hitting stores in early November.
The company also explained some changes its made to the interface in its press release (below) in addition to a ton of new content and features such as Nook Video. We also get a look at how the specs compare to Amazon’s Kindle lineup and Apple’s iPads: