Barnes & Noble launches 7 inch NOOK HD and 9 inch NOOK HD+ with Android 4.0 ICS

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Barnes & Noble a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, has announced the 7 inch NOOK HD and the 9 inch NOOK HD+ Android tablets duo, two of the lightest HD and full HD tablets. B&N’s 7 inch Nook HD offers the worlds highest resolution display ever at 1440 x 900 pixels for only $199, while its bigger sister Nook HD+ is the lightest (515 grams) and lowest price for a Full HD tablet, costs only $269.

The 7 inch Nook HD is powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, sporting a 7 inch IPS display (243 ppi) “coupled with world-class optical bonding technology with no air gap to deliver lowglare and a wide viewing angle for sharing.”  Weighs in at 315 grams the 7 inch Nook plays 720p HD videos and is now available for pre-order in two colors, “Snow” and “Smoke” starting at just $199 for the 8GB model and $229 for the 16GB variant (both with a microSD card slot to expand its memory storage).

The 9 inch Nook HD+ is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, comes with a Full HD 9-inch display with 1920 x 1280p resolution (256 ppi), 1080p playback for movies, magazines and more. Weighing in at 515 grams, the Nook HD+ is available in “Slate” color, the 16GB for $269 and 32GB for $299 (storage expandable through a microSD card slot).

Both Nook HD tablets run Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box.

The whole press release is attached here in PDF format.