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Barnes & Noble Announces New Tablet

November 7, 2011

Barnes & Noble officially announced its Nook Tablet on Monday in an attempt to compete with Amazon’s new Kindle Fire and Apple’s dominating iPad 2.

The company’s CEO William Lynch said that the Nook tablet’s display is not the only feature that is “better” than Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

He said the 7-inch Nook Tablet offers almost twice the RAM as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and has in-store support at B&N’s brick-and-mortar store locations.

The new tablet’s price tag is at $249, which is $50 more expensive than Amazon’s tablet.

B&N’s new device features 16-gigabytes of memory, with an option to expand memory using a microSD memory card.

The tablet also has up to 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video time with its battery life.

The company also said that its users will have access to its 2.5 million books, thousands of apps, and services from providers like Hulu and Netflix. 

The tablet also supports full 1080p HD playback, but the Netflix app will only support 720p video.

The rest of B&N’s Nook line is seeing price drops, with its Nook color e-reader dropping down to $199 and its Nook Simple Touch to $99.

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Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports



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