A new and exciting rumor has emerged that if it pans out will certainly give the Barnes & Noble Nook a bit of an edge in the e-reader market: next could see the release of a full-color, full-touchscreen Nook running on Android. The new device is said to be called the Nook Color (mocked-up above) and reportedly will retails for $249.99 when it goes on sale alongside (not replacing) the original. While based on Android, the device won’t feature full tablet functionality.
While the rumor itself can’t be confirmed, the bigger question on everyone’s mind is what sort of display the e-reader will use to still allow for long-lasting battery and crisp, easy-to-read text in all lighting conditions while allowing for full color display. Options include a standard LCD, Mirasol’s specialty displays, or even the Pixel Qi display.
For now it’s a waiting game to see if the rumor pans out, but the idea of more fully-functional, full-color e-reader at a reasonable price definitely has my interest piqued.