Barnes & Noble introduced its latest NOOK device today. The new NOOK Tablet looks almost exactly like the popular NOOK Color which was released last year — it has the same case design and the same display. But as expected, the new device has a faster processor, more memory, and more storage.
The new tablet will be available next week for $249. It’s available for pre-order starting today.
The NOOK Tablet has a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage space. Barnes & Noble is also offering users free cloud-based storage. There’s also an SD card slot for expansion… something that some other book store tablets won’t offer.
The tablet can handle 1080p HD video playback and comes preloaded with Netflix and Hulu apps for viewing videos. Barnes & Noble says the battery should provide up to 9 hours of video playback time, or 11.5 hours of reading time.
Other apps that will come preloaded on the tablet including the Pandora internet radio app — as well as the NOOK eBook and comic book stores. There’s also a NOOK Newsstand with 250 magazines and newspapers to choose from. All told, the company says there are also 2.5 million books available including free and paid titles.
Barnes & Noble also added a microphone to the tablet for use with a new “read and record” feature that lets parents record themselves reading a book to a child.
Customers will be able to use WiFi for free in Barnes & Noble stores. There’s no 3G version of the NOOK Tablet.