B&N to phase out NOOK Color, keep selling the NOOK Tablet
Barnes & Noble may be launching new tablets in November. But the company isn’t ready to discontinue last year’s model yet. You’ll be able to pick up the NOOK Tablet even after the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ hit the streets in a little over a month.
The company is finally getting ready to retire its first tablet, the NOOK Color.
Right now you can still pick up NOOK Color for $149 and up at BN.com. Refurbished models often go for even less on eBay and at other stores.
Meanwhile the NOOK Tablet (which has a faster processor and more RAM than the NOOK Color) is still selling for $179 and up.
But with the new NOOK HD tablets expected to start at $199, it’s likely that B&N will slash the NOOK Tablet price in November, if not sooner.
B&N also tells us that while the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets run new software based on Android 4.0, there are no plans to update the NOOK Tablet to run the same software. In other words, NOOK Tablet owners are stuck with Android 2.3 Gingerbread… unless they root their tablets and install custom firmware such as CyanogenMod 10.