Barnes & Noble announces Nook HD, we go handson

When William Barnes and G. Clifford Noble set up their first bookstore in 1917, neither of them could have conceived of an e-reader or tablet, let alone trying to sell one of 'em. Their historical lack of foresight aside, the company outed a pair of second generation slates this morning, and it's our job to see what technical nips and tucks have been made from version one. If you love to start the day with a spec chart comparison, then why not grab a bowl of cereal and join us after the break?


Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble Nook HD, HD vs Nook Tablet what's changed

Nook HD

Barnes & Noble Nook HD, HD vs Nook Tablet what's changed

Nook HD+

Barnes & Noble Nook HD, HD vs Nook Tablet what's changed

Price $249 $199 8GB, $229 16GB $269 16GB, $299 32GB
Display 7-inch IPS LCD 7-inch IPS LCD 9-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 1,024 x 600 1,440 x 900 1,920 x 1,280
Pixel Density 169 PPI 243 PPI 256 PPI
OS (Skinned) Android 2.3 Android 4.0 Android 4.0
CPU Dual-Core 1.0 GHz TI OMAP 4 Dual-Core 1.3GHz TI OMAP 4470 Dual-Core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470
Graphics PowerVR SGX540 TBA TBA
Memory 512 MB / 1GB 1GB 1GB
Storage 8 / 16GB + microSD 8 / 16GB + microSD 16 / 32GB + microSD
Cellular No No No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth No 4.0 4.0
Dimensions 2-5 x 127 x 12.2 mm 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm 240.3 x 162.8 x 11.5 mm
Weight 400 grams 315 grams 515 grams
Battery 4,000mAh 4,050mAh 6,000mAh
Details accurate as of launch.