Barnes & Noble (B&N) updates its NOOK line by introducing the new NOOK Tablet, a 7-inch tablet device designed for HD entertainment, intended to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. In addition to B&N’s digital bookstore, the NOOK Tablet also offers access popular movies, TV shows, music and more through the top entertainment services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and others. It features a 7-inch VividView IPS touchscreen display with 1024 X 600 (169 ppi).
The NOOK Tablet is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP4 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. Running Android OS, the tablet offers fast web browsing, access to email, and thousands of apps. The 7-inch device supports not only Epub, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT documents files, but also MP4, H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VP8 videos as well as common image and audio formats. It has 16GB internal memory and supports microSD card up to 32GB.
B&N’s NOOK Tablet supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity. It provides up to 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video without recharging with wireless off. The tablet is priced at $249.