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9" Nook HD+ boasts a screen resolution of 1920x1280

Amazon made quite a splash when it introduced new Kindle Fire HD models earlier this month. The online retail giant announced a 7" Kindle Fire HD (1280x800) for $199 and an 8.9" Kindle Fire HD (1920x1080) for $299.
Barnes and Noble may seem like an also-ran in the tablet game with Apple gobbling up the lion's share of the market and Amazon grabbing on to the rest, but the company looks poised to outshine the latest Kindle Fire HD models with some fresh Nook tablets. The first new model is the Nook HD which features a 7" display and a screen resolution of 1440x900. Barnes and Noble quickly pointed out that at 243 pixels per inch (PPI), the Nook HD has 25 percent more pixels than the Kindle Fire HD.
The Kindle Fire HD comparisons kept popping up with Barnes and Noble stating that the Nook HD is 20 percent lighter and a half-inch narrower than its main competitor. On the performance front, the Nook HD packs a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. A microSD slot is included if you wish to increase your storage capacity beyond the standard allotment.

Nook HD (Slate)
The Nook HD will be offered in two colors (Snow or Smoke) and will be priced at $199 for the 8GB model and $229 for the 16GB model. The Nook HD will give you up to 10.5 hours of battery life while reading and 9 hours while watching video.
Barnes and Noble is also stepping it up a notch with a new model that is directly aimed at Amazon's 8.9" Kindle Fire HD. The new Nook HD+ features 9" display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1280 (256 PPI). The high-resolution tablet weighs just 18.2 ounces and features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. It too will feature a microSD slot for storage expansion.
The Nook HD+ is priced at $269 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model. Battery life for the Nook HD+ is slightly below its smaller brother at 10 hours reading/9 hours video.

Nook HD+
Both new tablets will ship in October (you can pre-order today) and both run a customized version of Android 4.0.
“With the combination of the highest resolution screen, lightest weight and expansive access to content rendered in a digital quality never before seen, NOOK HD is the world’s best 7-inch media tablet,” said William J. Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “We designed our larger format tablet NOOK HD+ because we think there’s big demand from customers for a super-light, extremely high quality 9-inch tablet, at half the price of the iPad. Both our 7-inch NOOK HD and 9-inch NOOK HD+ deliver an exceptional customer experience.”
Feeling like it has something to prove considering its meager market share in this space, Barnes and Noble is touting that it includes an AC adapter at no additional charge with its Nook tablets (Amazon charges $20 extra) and that its tablets don't blast you with advertisements (Amazon charges customers $15 to get rid of the ads).
Barnes and Noble is also opening up a new Nook Video streaming service which will provide access to TV shows like "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad", and movies like "The Dark Knight" and the Harry Potter franchise. Other niceties include a growing books library, revised Nook Newstand, Nook Catalog (allows customers to browse retail catalogs like Pottery Barn and L.L. Bean), and a revamped Nook Store.
While Barnes and Noble may tout a pricing and spec advantage, it still can’t touch the Kindle Fire HD’s access to the vast Amazon ecosystem of apps and video content. In addition, Barnes and Noble isn’t offering an LTE version of its big tablet like Amazon, which prices its 8.9” Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G at $499.

Source: Barnes and Noble

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HD Resolution
By DanNeely on 9/26/2012 8:28:16 AM , Rating: 2
1920x1280 looks like a typo. Is it x1200 or x1080?

RE: HD Resolution
By GotThumbs on 9/26/2012 8:43:40 AM , Rating: 2
Checked B&N news release. No is 1920x1208.

Good for them, but we'll see how it does in reviews.

RE: HD Resolution
By GotThumbs on 9/26/2012 8:44:30 AM , Rating: 2
But mine did. 1920x1280.

RE: HD Resolution
By DanNeely on 9/26/2012 10:49:42 AM , Rating: 2
Well that explains where it came from; but probably means it's a typo in the PR.

Looking at DPIs, @8.9"

1920x1280 = 259.3 DPI
1920x1200 = 254.4 DPI
1920x1080 = 227.5 DPI

B&N is listing 256 DPI; while that doesn't fit any of the calculated numbers exactly, I suspect it means the intended value was x1200.

RE: HD Resolution
By DanNeely on 9/26/2012 10:52:23 AM , Rating: 2
Also, the Kindle HD is 1920x1200 @ 8.9 on amazons page; B&N are unlikely to have spent extra on a non-standard screen size.

RE: HD Resolution
By Brandon Hill on 9/26/2012 11:19:44 AM , Rating: 2
RE: HD Resolution
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 9/26/2012 2:24:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm going with 1920x1280. If you examine the actual picture and size the screen part of it, it's a 3:2 ratio, which matches the 1280 figure.

RE: HD Resolution
By quiksilvr on 9/26/2012 7:51:03 PM , Rating: 2
Love how they added 80 pixels to simultaneously (and unnecessarily) try to one up the Kindle HD and cause even larger black bars to appear above and below videos on the screen.

RE: HD Resolution
By lightfoot on 9/26/2012 12:30:24 PM , Rating: 2
They must be using screens from digital picture frames. The only thing that seems to use a 3x2 aspect ratio (like this Nook) is 35mm camera film.

A very unusual aspect ratio, but should be good for photographs.

Too bad the didn't add.....
By GotThumbs on 9/26/2012 8:46:37 AM , Rating: 2
a camera. It would have been a nice additional feature, but most people these days have one in their camera.

RE: Too bad the didn't add.....
By GotThumbs on 9/26/2012 8:47:34 AM , Rating: 2

Ok, need more coffee this morning.

RE: Too bad the didn't add.....
By semiconshawn on 9/26/2012 10:25:57 AM , Rating: 2
Me too! Made perfect sense to me the 1st time I read it. I like a good camera in my camera as well..

RE: Too bad the didn't add.....
By AMDftw on 9/26/2012 11:28:14 AM , Rating: 2
Same here, WTF is up with us?

RE: Too bad the didn't add.....
By Mitch101 on 9/27/2012 10:41:20 AM , Rating: 2
Did you guys get Coffee in your Coffee?

and by that I mean Caffeine. :)

Almost perfect for my needs
By CU on 9/26/2012 10:50:23 AM , Rating: 2
If this just ran stock Android or had access google play it would be perfect for what I need. Can't wait for a review. Been looking for a good 7" tablet with a memory card slot and good battery life for playing ripped movies.

RE: Almost perfect for my needs
By lenardo on 9/26/2012 11:04:24 AM , Rating: 2
i have an original nook tablet
it is now VERY easy to root the nook tablet- takes all of 5 minutes or less.

i have completely overwritten the stock os, i am running internally CM10(android 4.1) it is buggy still, biggest issue is a random shutoff bug they are tracking down, but it looks and runs great- when the bug is not shutting the damn thing off, so most of the time i run CM7 off my bootable microsd card.

with the tablet off, i put the microsd card in, turn on the tablet and it boots into CM7

full access to google play store
full access to amazon store
full access to netflix
barnes and noble app(though why would you go there-store stinks, tablet is great)

RE: Almost perfect for my needs
By lenardo on 9/26/2012 11:07:49 AM , Rating: 2

rooted the nook tablet runs all this as well as amazon video too.

so get the 8gig nook tablet, root it
get google store(full access to stuff), amazon store, amazon video, full access to B&N) if i restory my internal setup to "stock rooted", i'd be able to do exactly what you want

run videos, etc, hell i us es file explorer and stream my ripped movies to my tablet from my computer using mx video player.

RE: Almost perfect for my needs
By geddarkstorm on 9/26/2012 12:13:22 PM , Rating: 2

If one remembers back to the days when the Nook Color was released, there was a lot of hooplay about ROMing and Jailbreaking and such, with companies trying to lock down their devices. B&N was really the only company that not only didn't try to lock down its device, but actually made it incredibly easy to flash. They never "officially" stated it was open to be used as one wished, but there was always this under-the-table understanding between B&N and the ROMing community. When early ROMs were bricking the Nook, B&N was still honoring the warranty despite the official line being that ROMing would void it.

It was kinda a sales pitch by B&N towards the geekier crowd. And it sure worked. Our Colors are still being ROMed to this day, despite their age, and I even saw a fully working Ubuntu install on the Nook Color awhile back.

If B&N keeps that same level of open access on these new tablets, at such low prices and high specs, they could have a real winner on their hands.

RE: Almost perfect for my needs
By CU on 9/26/2012 12:27:00 PM , Rating: 2
I knew the older one can have custom ROM's installed. I hope this one is the same. Although if B&N's app store has some of the popular games and can play videos off a memory card I don't really care to much. It would just be nice to have stock Android on it.

nook hd
By whatsinit4me on 9/26/2012 11:41:37 AM , Rating: 2
i have a nook tablet and my biggest gripe is that you can't download library books wirelessly. it's such a pain to finish a book and have to boot up the pc, hook up usb to get a new book. my wife has a kindle and she can get fresh books right over wifi. so if you want something primarily to read books from the library i wouldn't recommend this unless b&n has addressed this issue. also they are not as open about access to apps as other android tablets. still can't get firefox, for instance.

RE: nook hd
By geddarkstorm on 9/26/2012 12:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
Huh? I have the original Nook Color. There's no problem with using wifi to download books at any time. One never has to plug it into a computer unless you want to charge via the USB.

Of course, I've since then also rooted and flashed ICS on my Nook, which adds a lot more features like firefox ;).

RE: nook hd
By Myrandex on 9/26/2012 1:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yea someone clearly doesn't know what they are talking about. It's hard to imagine you having a Nook device period with that thinking.

With my Nook Color, and ever color screen nook since, as well as their non color ones, downloading books over WiFi is seemless. And besides, if you wanted to side load books easily, that is simple too with a variety of methods. That SD Card slot makes it real nice and easy for sure.

RE: nook hd
By Alexvrb on 9/27/2012 1:18:48 AM , Rating: 2
Guys, he was talking about LIBRARY books. You know... book lending. Like, checking out an e-book temporarily, from a library. Not buying and downloading books from B&N. Neither one of you addressed library books specifically.

Everything I've read about doing this on Nook suggested having to do exactly what he says. Maybe that has changed for newer versions, it has been a while since I did any serious research on Nook. I eventually settled on a Kindle Keyboard.

RE: nook hd
By jdmackes on 9/28/2012 10:08:52 PM , Rating: 2
That should be changing today. The Overdrive Media Console app should be in the marketplace today or tomorrow and that will allow you to download library books, and it should allow you to do audio books as well.

Fantastic specs, fantastic price
By geddarkstorm on 9/26/2012 12:09:21 PM , Rating: 3
I am honestly impressed. Last round, the kindle fire definitely jockeyed with the Nook and pretty much won, being a little cheaper but only just as slightly lower in specs.

This round, the new Nook HD and HD+ are incredibly cheap for their specs. It's honestly impressive. Both look like great tablets. I hope this is the wave of the future, finally driving down tablet prices for the masses.

I am still using my original Nook Color; but I'd love to upgrade to one of these. One thing B&N has always done well is a great build quality, and that microSD slot for very open ROMing access. In fact, the original Color was kinda given a "nudge nudge, wink wink" towards the ROMing community by B&N.

Be fun seeing how this Kindle vs Nook vs Nexus 7 melee pans out.

By Myrandex on 9/26/2012 1:39:42 PM , Rating: 2
I agree this looks really nice. I bought the original Nook Color as well and was set to upgrade, and eventually caved in with the Nexus 7. I wanted to wait and kept searching for rumors for a new nook, but nothing was ready a couple of months ago when the timing was right for me personally.

I somewhat regret not waiting, but still having full access to the google play store natively out of the box is nice, as well as getting updates straight from Google as opposed to waiting for Barnes & Noble to change the updates to fit their customizations, is quite nice. I think its a shame that a 4.0 or 4.1 update never trickled down to any of the previous Nook Color lines. And I'm loving the Quad Core performance with the project Butters built in on the Nexus 7.


Tech vs. market share
By Craig234 on 9/26/2012 3:33:06 PM , Rating: 2
This is looking a little like the old VHS versus Betamax, in that even if B&N somehow beats their far better funded competition and relases a better device for less, that can not count as much as the simple marketing muscle and content spending and they don't sell enough units to pay to be profitable.

Competition is good for consumers, and Amazon - with a third of all internet sales, doubling in size annualy, needs competition.

How is B&N supposed to keep competing with low market share?

I know I'd look hard at the Nook both to preserve that competition and reports it's better about non-proprietary books.

RE: Tech vs. market share
By jdmackes on 9/28/2012 10:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
The nice thing about the nook is that you can bring it into a store if something is wrong with it, and they'll replace it right away too. I think it generally works better for older people as well, since they can go to the classes that barnes and noble does. I'm looking forward to the profiles on the new devices so now I won't have to worry about my daughter getting into things she shouldn't, or looking at my books when I don't want her to.

By EnzoFX on 9/26/2012 4:56:15 PM , Rating: 3
Should be that much better for it. Don't the Kindles still have an older version of Android?

By inperfectdarkness on 9/26/2012 8:41:13 AM , Rating: 2
1. This means that the iPad will have even more competition--which hopefully will cut down on iZombies.

2. The trend towards HD screens will hopefully upscale to larger displays until I can finally get that WQXGA screen in a 15" laptop that I've always been dreaming about.

Can't wait to see reviews
By BPB on 9/26/2012 9:34:00 AM , Rating: 2
Glad I cancelled my Fire HD order. This might be a better option, though I do have Prime. I wonder when reviews will appear.

By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 9/26/2012 10:26:12 AM , Rating: 2
I guess the rumors that the new Nook tablets would be running Windows 8 were just that...rumors. (shrug)

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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