Barnes & Noble taking pre-orders on new NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ Tablets

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(Best Syndication News) - Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) has two new tablets, the NOOK HD and the NOOK HD+ models. The NOOK HD is a 7-inch tablet which starts at $199 and the NOOK HD+ is a 9-inch tablet with a starting price of $269. The tablets can be pre-ordered from the company and are expected to be available in early November.

The Barnes & Noble tablet is competing on price with the Amazon products. The Nooks do not have ads on them. They also are touting better hardware and design. The new offering has streaming video and cloud services.

The NOOK HD has the highest resolution that has ever been installed on a 7-inch display tablet. The display is capable of a 1440 x 900 resolution, with 243 pixels per inch. The NOOK HD tablet is able to play HD video at up to 720p quality. The processor is a 1.3 GHZ dual-core processor. Barnes & Noble said that the NOOK HD has up to 80 percent faster speeds in graphic processing compared to Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.

The NOOK HD+ starts at $269 and is almost half the price of their competition. The NOOK HD+ is a 9-inch tablet with a resolution of 1920 x 1280 and 256 pixels per inch. Video playback is supported in full HD with 1080p.

Besides books, Barnes & Noble is launching NOOK Video starting in late October. The new service will allow for streaming and downloading of HD movies and TV shows. The video library will include HBO, STARZ, The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Brothers Entertainment.

The new tablets have a profile feature that can be customized for each family member. In addition, a new email app works with several mainstream business and personal email services.

The tablets also have UltraViolet Support so they can work with compatible DVD and Blu-ray Disc purchases and a digital video collection. The tablet owner can connect their UltraViolet account to the NOOK Cloud so they can watch their collection of videos.

While Barnes & Noble does not serve up ads when using the device, they will be offering the NOOK Catalog, which is a collection of the top 100 mail-order catalogs in an electronic format.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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