Barnes & Noble unveils new Nook HD tablets

Barnes & Noble unveils new Nook HD tablets
It wasn’t long ago that Amazon unveiled its new Kindle Fires, and now it was Barnes & Noble’s turn to compete with new devices of its own. It’s done just that. Today, Barnes & Noble announced the Nook HD, a family of very affordable tablets with high-resolution screens and upgraded internals coming in a 7-inch and 9-inch flavor.

The Nook HD is the “lightest 7-inch tablet on the market,” and B&N didn’t hesitate to point out why it’s better than the Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7. First, getting the weight to merely 11.1 ounces (315 grams) is definitely something you’d appreciate when you have to hold the tablet for longer. In comparison, the Nexus 7 is 12 ounces and the Fire HD is 13.9 ounces.

Next comes the Nook HD screen. HD here stands for the whopping 1440 x 900 pixels of resolution, or 243ppi, definitely beating the Nexus and Fire HD.

The other member of the family is the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+, a 9-inch tablet with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Again, it's the lightest in its class weighing merely 1.13 pounds (515 grams).

Both tablets share a new dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor. On the 7-inch Nook HD the processor clock speed is set at 1.3GHz, and on the HD+ it’s at 1.5GHz. Both also get 1GB of RAM. The devices also feature stereo speakers with SRS TruMedia audio, which are reportedly blasting at full volume with little distortion.

Battery life also looks pretty solid at more than 10 hours of reading on a single charge, or around nine hours of video playback.

There is one catch, though, and that’s of course the software. The new Nook HD tablets are based on Android 4.0, but you probably wouldn’t be able to tell as the Barnes & Noble skin on top of it is very heavy. You’re basically getting a device to access the B&N ecosystem. Sadly, that means no Google Play, but instead a curated B&N app catalog. On the plus side, getting in the ecosystem means easy access to books and other B&N stuff, and on the downside, you don’t quite get the full Android experience.

Is this tradeoff worth it? The devices defeinitely have luring prices. The Nook HD and HD+ release date is set for the end of October. Here is how the prices break down:

  • Nook HD 8GB (expandable memory with microSD card slot) -- $199
  • Nook HD 16GB (expandable memory) -- $229

  • Nook HD+ 16GB -- $269
  • Nooka HD+ 32GB -- $299

Are you getting one and if yes, which one?

source: Barnes & Noble

Related phones

  • Display 7.0" 1440 x 900 pixels
  • Processor TI OMAP4470, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Display 9.0" 1920 x 1280 pixels
  • Processor TI OMAP4470, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC



1. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

looking good! but honestly, kindle fire HD is better! it has camera at the same price tag! on the other hand the HD+ is good too! but still no camera! but at cheap price? what do you expect! i just wish lower than what kindle fire offered! kindle fire 2 starts at $159 same with no camera! but atleast they have memory card slot! oh well they are just ebook... unlike amazon.. they want to have a full proof ecosystem!

2. iche.fae85

Posts: 2; Member since: May 23, 2012

the nook hd+ is actually cheaper with a better screen. It lacks a camera yes but the 32gig is also 70 dollars cheaper

3. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

fun fact: the expression is actually "foolproof" meaning impossible for even fools to mess it up! Personally I'm not bothered about the lack of a camera, though it does seem like sort of a prerequisite.

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i like them, they're very awesome looking tablets however the Nexus 7 is on the market baby so the dev support that made the Nook Color so good will likely not make it's way to this one so much.

5. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Nice screen on the 7" and cool designs. I'm still not regretting getting my nexus 7 though. I just wish Asus would sell the official pogo dock already!

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Good improvement, and very competitive with what's out. That said, I'm saving any potential tablet purchase for Windows 8 Pro. Nothing else compares with its raw capability

7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I have the original Nook Color.. I keep telling myself that I will not buy another color e-reader, instead switching to something like the Nexus 7. But man, this looks good! I really like the design much better bezel-wise than what the Nexus 7 has going on. I do some travel, so having the 7" screen on as small and light of a chassis as possible is a benefit to me. hmmmmm..... what to do!

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Well, no HDMI, not for me. A pity because I think it looks good.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Spec sheets like HDMI output. And I would rather take the better screen of the 7 than the front camera, and for the 9, would rather have 32GB than 16GB and Front Camera. Nook wins again in specs, but consumers will be conned by Amazon again, that's what I predict.

10. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I luv youuuuuuuuu!!! (oprah voice). :P

11. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They actually care about design more the kindle and nexus. Best looking ereader/tablet I've seen not spec wise but visually

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