Barnes & Noble announces 7-inch Nook Tablet with Android 2.3 and Vivid View IPS HD display

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Barnes & Noble introduced earlier their latest device from the Nook series, the 7-inch Nook Tablet with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the best in HD entertainment. Basically is the same Nook Color with some new features.

The manufacturer focused more on the content of the tablet instead of its hardware specs, bringing more contet popular movies, TV shows and music from top services including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora; plus thousands of high-quality Apps, web browsing and e-mail. The new slate also comes the largest digital catalog: books, newspapers, interactive magazines and children’s picture books including NOOK Comics.

In NOOK Tablet, we’ve created the best wireless media tablet in the portable 7-inch class.  NOOK Tablet’s VividView display has been designed to be the world’s finest screen for readability and viewing content. We’ve utilized that breakthrough display technology to bring consumers the largest digital catalog of color and interactive books, magazines, children’s books and high-quality apps through our NOOK Store. Additionally, we’ve seamlessly integrated today’s top entertainment services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora in a product that’s powerful, easy-to-use, under a pound, and a tremendous value at only $249,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble

Nook Tablet sports a Vivid View 7″ IPS HD display (from LG Electronics), powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, capable of 1080p HD video playback, 16GB on-board memory storage and an 11.5 hour battery life (9 hours of video playback). In other features Nook has support for WiFi and  microSD card slot up to 32GB.

In terms of availability pre-orders start today while the tablet will be in stores in late next week for a price tag of $249, while the Nook Color price dropped to $199. 99.

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