Barnes & Noble updates its NOOK line with the new NOOK HD, the lightest and highest-resolution 7-inch tablet. Its 7-inch display has a ultra-sharp 1440×900 resolution with 243ppi pixel density, allowing users to read books, watch movies and play games with a high definition and high quality text, graphics and video experience. B&N says the screen has 25 percent more pixels than Kindle Fire HD for a better overall viewing experience. It weighs just 315g and is 127mm wide.
The NOOK HD is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM for smooth operation and web browsing and 720p HD video playback. The tablet, other than HD viewing, also features SRS TruMedia to deliver cinema-like audio with deep bass, clear vocals and strong midrange performance. With WiFi 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity, users can download books, magazines, apps, games as well as movies and TV shows from NOOK Store wirelessly. It has 8GB of 16GB internal storage for storing downloaded book, magazine and media content, and supports microSD/SDHC card for expansion.
The NOOK HD is a tablet ideal for family that users can create up to 6 NOOK Profiles, one for every member of the family, allowing each user to personalize the device. The tablet offers up to 10.5 hours of reading or up to 9 hours of video playback. Its HDMI output port allows you to watch movies on a bigger screen HDTV.
B&N’s NOOK HD comes in Snow and Smoke colors. The 8GB model is priced at $199 and the 16GB version costs $229. B&N is also launching the NOOK HD+ 9-inch Full HD tablet.