B&N announces the NOOK Tablet
of Barnes & Noble’s announcement this morning.
I often watch Gizmodo…but interestingly, I don’t think a ton of people are liveblogging this. Says something about the cultural prominence of B&N right now, perhaps.
I’m bouncing between Verge, the B&N site for the NOOK, and B&N press releases. It’s possible the press releases page will be updated before the announcement is over…same thing with the NOOK splash page on their website.
B&N CEO William Lynch is making the announcement. It’s official, the NOOK Tablet.
I’ll update this post as I learn more, but I’m going to get this out now.
Update: 1GHZ dual core processor, 1GB RAM.
There’s a slide for free Cloud storage.
IPS, backlit display…probably similar to the Kindle Fire. Update: they compare them side by side (how did they get a Fire?) claiming theirs is better.
Breakthrough battery life…nine hours of watching video.
Supports 1080p video.
Netflix and Hulu preloaded.
Update: Pandora, NOOK Comics.
You can record your voice along with a book for your kids to hear…somebody has figured out a use for a microphone.
NOOK comics seem heavy on Marvel, the Fire has an exclusive deal on DC. B&N wins the cool factor on that one, although I was always a DC reader as a kid…I didn’t want my superheroes to have acne.
16GB onboard memory, Twice the Fire…plus an SD slot for an up to 32GB card.
Price announced: $249
They used a Jane Lynch video (again, hip factor).
It will be on shelves “next week”, including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and more.
NOOKColor is going to $199…so far, this is matching the leak, I think. This NOOK is also getting songs, more apps.
NOOK Simple Touch has a text-rendering software: it does look crisp, and they use that word to show it. NOOK Simple Touch goes to $99. Same as the ad-supported Kindle Touch or ad-supported Kindle Keyboard (wi-fi only).
Update: okay, they’ve updated the NOOK splash page:
Update: here’s the press release for the NOOK tablet
Here’s the press release for the
Update: Thanks to a reader for alerting me to this Yahoo Finance article:
It argues in part that the presser reinforces that Barnes & Noble is marketing primarily to women. One strange thing was suggesting that having Marvel comics was because it is attractive to families…that may have been true of comics thirty years ago, but I’m not sure that’s the marketing position now.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.