Nov 7th, 2011

At a press event today Barnes & Noble has announced the followup to the successful Nook Color. The all-new Nook Tablet picks up where the color left off, creating a media-centric experience that relies on content rather than hardware power. The Nook Tablet boasts a 1GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM and weighs in at under a pound. Externally the The 7-inch slate doesn’t look much different than its predecessor, but leverages a new “Vivid View” display developed by LG, labeling it a huge breakthrough in tablet screen technology. Shifting to 16GB of internal storage, the Nook Tablet still manages to come in lighter and thinner than the Nook Color.

Featuring support for videos at up to 1080p resolution, pre-loaded access to Netflix and Hulu Plus, and an 11.5 hour battery life (9 for video playback), the Nook Tablet looks to give the Amazon Kindle Fire a run for its money. Other perks include free access to AT&T and Branes and Noble hotspots, cloud storage, and a growing selection of books, comics, and magazines. The Nook Tablet is up for pre-order starting today and available next week. It will retail for $249.99, while the Nook Color has been reduced in price to $199.99.