We've already heard the rumors surrounding Barnes & Noble's next NOOK device, and now those rumors have been realized. B&N just took the wraps off of its NOOK Tablet, and if you've been thinking about picking up a Kindle Fire, you may just want to reconsider. The NOOK Tablet is rocking some serious hardware:

  • 7-inch IPS lamination display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage with SD card slot
  • Less than 1 pound
  • Great battery life -- up to nine hours of video playback; 11.5 hours of reading time

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While the hardware is a definite upgrade over the NOOK Color, the look of the device is nearly identical, so owners of the original NC will feel right at home with this device in hand.

Despite the modest 7-inch display size, the NOOK Tablet supports full 1080p playback. It comes pre-loaded with Hulu and has "deep Netflix integration," so you'll be able to take full advantage of HD video playback right out of the box. It will also come loaded with Pandora, as well as some NOOK specific apps, like NOOK Comics and NOOK Cloud. The former will offer the largest digital collection of Marvel graphic novels of any tablet, while the latter is a "safe and dependable place to keep your content."

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The NT will also offer a "read and record" feature designed for children's books that will allow the user to record themselves reading a story. Now you can read to the kids even when you're away. Aww.

As far as software is concerned, the NT is running a modified version of Gingerbread and will not allow full access to the Android Market.

The NOOK Tablet will be available in B&N stores and all retail partner outlets beginning next week for $250, at which time the NOOK Color will receive a $50 price drop down to $199.

Cameron Summerson
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  • Eric

    No full access to the market?!

    a) Hey B&N, I thought you wanted to beat Amazon. This could have blown the fire away.

    b) How long do you think it will take for the community to get the full market on there?

    When will they ever learn.

    • cabbieBot

      OMG it doesn't have cameras GPS gyroscopes barometers or Siri either!!!!! Destined to fail!!!!

      • Taedirk

        $50 more expensive, not as strong of a multimedia base behind it, same mono speaker as Nook Color. Also has the same stupid partitioning system (16gb storage: 13gb for store, 1gb user accessible). It does have microSD support, which may be what makes it worthwhile once both devices are opened up.

    • Jason Hanford-Smith

      FYI: Google will not allow Google Apps (including Market) to be installed on a device that changes the Android experience too much or where the company has not performed the correct 15-second handshake whilst hopping on one foot. That is why there are LOTS of non-big brand devices out there with no market either.

      Nooks are by definition a reading device and B&N have gone to great pains to craft a UX that works to that end.

      Assuming they have also kept the ability to boot from the SD card slot, none of this will be a problem to people who want a cheap, stock tablet.

    • ViggsPR

      Even if they could, I'd imagine that B&N doesn't WANT the full access to the market to be there. I don't think they fancy the idea of you being able to install the kindle app or the Sony reader app. The idea is to sell you more books directly from them (well, and videos now).

      Geeks will be able to get around it and put the market on it anyway, like they did with the Nook Color, but I doubt they represent a large percentage of the user base.

  • fooflamfinn

    Just FYI, looks like the price already dropped to $199 for the existing Nook Color:

  • Type stuuf out

    Is it so hard to type Nook Tablet istead of NT or Nook Color instead of NC.
    hw lz cn u b?

    • Cameron Summerson

      It has nothing to do with "being lazy." It's about repetition -- no one wants to read the same name three or four times in a single paragraph when it's already understood what the subject matter is. Abbreviating is an easy way to keep the redundancy to a minimum, much like typing RAZR instead of Droid RAZR or Tbolt instead of Thunderbolt.

      • Stop Abreviating dumb words

        Nope, it is poor writing skills.
        If you can't write a story without constantly referencing the name of the product, learn to write better.
        In regards to the Droid Razr bit, It is actually a Motorola Droid Razr. Manufacturer then make then model. The Razr abbreviation is more like saying Camero ss. Saying Chevrolet Camero ss would be dumb I agree, but NO ONE calls it a CCSS.

        • Oliver

          Actually, the forum nickname for Nook Color is, and always has been, "NC." just visit the XDA forums to see for yourself.

          So, I think the article simply extends that tradition to the NT... works for me!

  • Freak4Dell

    Sigh...it's still ugly.

  • Simon Belmont

    So, I wonder when the Nook Color gets the 1.4 update will it also get Gingerbread? It seems like it is pretty much the same software that the Nook Tablet is running which is based on Gingerbread.

    Of course, this is sort of a moot point for me since I'm rocking CM7 on mine, but it'd be nice to see B&N continue to update with new OS versions. CM9 is going to be great on the NC and the NT.

    • cabbieBot

      What does it need gingerbread _for_?

  • Oliver

    The only reasons I'd replace my NC with the NT are real Blueooth (as opposed to the current hack that only reaches 3 ft, at best), and an hdmi output of some sort. However, since both the Fire and NT apparently lack those features, neither will become my next tablet.

    I'll just sit, hope, and wait for CM8 to show up on my trusty 'ole NC... or perhaps score the new Transformer Prime or PadFone. ;)