A new report originating at DigiTimes says a followup to Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color is in the works, and it could be ready for launch as early as this month. The Nook Color has been a highly successful e-reader largely in part due to its ability to transform into a rather functional Android tablet with a little bit of knowledge and some simple hacks. While little is known about how the internals of the new Nook will change, the screen size is said to remain the same at 7 inches. The report does, however, point to the potential of the display switching over from a traditional touchscreen to full color eInk. That would make it the first mass-produced e-reader to feature such technology, and while not out of the question, it does cast some doubt on the supposed timing of the Nook Color 2’s release.
Manufacturing houses are said to already be lining up to supply parts and complete assembly. The question of an eInk display aside, with a few key upgrades and with the right pricing, the Nook Color 2 hopefully will continue on where the last left off in terms of easily converting the device into a functional tablet, if not shipping with such capabilities out of the box.