Barnes & Noble Announces New Nooks

Not to be outdone by Amazon, Barnes & Noble announced today that they are fielding their own new tablets.

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Not to be outdone by Amazon, Barnes & Noble announced today that they are fielding their own tablet competitors to the new Kindle Fire HD, and with impressive measurables to boot. With a hug spec bump without a concurrent increase in price, Barnes & Noble is looking to go toe-to-toe with other content providers with its new media consumption devices. Let's get to know them, shall we?

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First off, the 315 gram Nook HD comes in two colors, smoke and snow (pictured above right). This tablet is built around a 1440 x 900 pixel display (in a form factor roughly around 7 inches), giving it a pixels per inch of 243, which tops the Nexus7, but not the Kindle Fire HD. This particular model boasts a hard drive of 8 or 16GB, and wide range of native file support.

The real star of the show is the Nook HD+ Slate, which is not only bigger in just about every way that matters, but also less than $300, which is sure to cause Amazon some consternation. This particular tablet has a 9 inch 1080p display with a 16 or 32GB hard drive.

It remains to be seen whether or not the new Nooks will be in a "walled garden" of sorts by having them run a proprietary version of Android that prevents Play Store access, but from this press release, it's clear that Barnes & Noble is gunning for Amazon. Both tablets will be available for on November 1st, but you can place a pre-order today.

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