Introducing NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ (video)

This video just popped up on my YouTube account. Looks like B&N is getting into the HD tablet game. Nothing about a new E Ink eReader yet, but perhaps that will be coming soon. I’m not sure I like the physical design of these devices. Both make a radical departure from the Nook tablet styling we’ve all become used to (B&N really wants you to buy new cases). Nook HD has the “highest resolution ever on a 7-inch tablet,” while the Nook HD+ will be a 9-inch offering (hmm, just like Amazon). The HD+ still has the strange key-chain-looking-thing of Nook Tablets in the past, but otherwise looks quite different from even the Nook HD. Nook HD+ is billed as the “world’s lightest full HD 9-inch tablet.” Holy cow, the Nook HD 7-inch will have a 1440 x 900 resolution display, and the HD+ will have a 1920 x 1280 resolution display (similar to the Kindle Fire HD). This new 1440 x 900 display for a 7-inch tablet crushes the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7.

This type of HD competition is great for readers. Our displays will only get better and better as one company tries to out-HD the rest in release after release. I wonder what E Ink and tablet screens will look like ten years from now?

Prices: Nook HD will be $199.00, and Nook HD+ will be $269.00.

UPDATE: for more on this story, I have just found that The Digital Reader blog released this news at 1:00am last night, after the B&N embargo was released. Nate Hoffelder was at a release event in New York City and has more information on these devices. The sad news is that there will be no new Nook eReaders this time around.

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