Well, they did it. Barnes & Noble, as rumored, just outed the NOOKcolor. A 7-inch full LCD touchscreen touting, Android-based e-reader and then some. Streaming music, web browsing, games, and social networking on top of the whole book thing in a package weighing in at less than a pound and half an inch thick. Not quite a full tablet, by any stretch of the word, but still a full-color slate-style device offering a bit of an edge over your everyday e-reader.
The NOOKcolor features a VividView display capable of showing off more than 16 million colors at a resolution of 1024×600 and a pixel density of 169 pixels per inch. A special coating cuts back on glare and backlighting enables easy night and day reading. It comes with 8GB of on-board storage, but is microSD expandable up to 32GB. You get Wi-Fi connectivity, a microUSB port, and 3.5mm headphone jack.
The NOOKcolor is available right now for $249, learn all about it over at the B&N site.