Nook HD And Nook HD Plus Take On Kindle Fire HD And Kindle Fire HD 8.9


27.09.2012

Nook HD And Nook HD Plus Take On Kindle Fire HD And Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Barnes & Noble only waited a fortnight after Amazon launched the new Kindle Fire versions and announced its own product to compete against Amazon’s. We are talking about the Nook HD and Nook HD Plus tablets, terminals focused on the e-reading feature and low pricing.

Nook HD has a display sized 7 inches (diagonally) and a price of $199, while Nook HD Plus has a 9-inch display and a price of $269.

Both Nook HD and Nook HD Plus will fight against Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9, respectively, but also against Google’s Nexus 7, therefore let’s have a look under the case of Barnes & Noble’s tablets.

Nook HD has the display with the biggest resolution on the 7-inch segment: 1,440 x 900, with 243 ppiand support for 720p playback. The tablet weighs in 315 grams and is a bit wider than Kindle Fire HD.

On the outside, the terminal is covered with soft touch plastic, while the inside hides a dual-core 1.3 GHz OMAP 4470 CPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 or 16 GB of internal storage plus microSD slot.

Nook HD doesn’t come with a front-facing camera, but at least it has support for memory cards and SRS audio. The new-comer also boasts a 4,050 mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth and can withstand 10.5 hours of continuous reading or 9 hours of video playback, with the WiFi turned off.

Nook HD Plus features a 9-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,280 pixels, which, at 256 ppi, is dangerously close to Retina’s pixel density of 264 ppi. Its technical specifications include the same processor as Nook HD, but clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal flash storage, microSD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, stereo speakers, and full HD output via a special HDMI dongle.

The 9-inch tablet is 11.5 mm thick and weighs in 515 grams, having a 6,000 mAh battery, capable of keeping the Nook HD Plus awake through 10 hours of reading or 9 hours of video playback.

The B&N slates come pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the user interface was highly customized by the biggest book retailer in US.

Both Nook HD and Nook HD Plus should arrive in the stores sometime around the Christmas holidays.

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