Going straight for the Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble launched the Nook Tablet today, a hefty upgrade to the Nook Color that’s a little more expensive than the Fire, but is also quite a bit more powerful.
The tablet offers up a seven-inch IPS display with full lamination, videos up to 1080p and 11.5 hours of battery life. The Nook has 16GB of built-in memory, which is further expandable by way of a microSD slot. The tablet is all about multimedia content, naturally, offering up from Netflix and Hulu Plus pre-loaded on the device. It gives users access to 250 magazines and periodicals, as well as comics from publishers like Marvel. Barnes & Noble is clearly going directly after the Kindle Fire with this device. So, why pick the Nook over the Fire? Double the storage (which is further expandable), a better display, more RAM, free in-store device support and a lighter weight body at under a pound, says Barnes and Noble.
The downside is that the Nook doesn’t offer open access to the Android Market, so if you’re looking to play some Angry Birds in between books, you might be SOL if that’s something that’s important to you.
Pre-orders begin now, the tablet starts shipping next week.
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