Sneak Peek: B&N's Nook Tablet
Barnes & Noble will launch its much-anticipated Nook Tablet November 16 for $249, according to Engadget, which acquired documents confirming the launch of a 7-inch screen device that "will end up being a dead-ringer for the Nook Color that already exists." The Nook Color's price will drop to $199 (with Hulu Plus) and the Nook Simple Touch to $99. Pre-orders begin November 7, with in-store demonstrations starting November 15.
Engadget noted the similarity of the Nook Tablet to the Nook Color, "even in functionality; in fact, B&N simply says that it offers 'everything the Nook Color [does] + the best in HD entertainment.' "
TechCrunch asked: "So, what exactly does the extra $50 net you? Well, double the amount of RAM, for one thing: the Nook Tablet pits 1GB against the Kindle Fire's 512. What's more, the Nook Tablet takes microSD cards, so media hoarders will be able to lug entire seasons of Doctor Who around on a whim. B&N also appears to have quite the media environment built up for their new tablet: a closer look at the leaked imaged confirms support for Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora right out of the gate. In short, Amazon's going to have a real fight on their hands soon."