Barnes & Noble Announces New Nook Tablet

I don’t know about you but it seemed like I used to have several Barnes & Noble stores in my neighborhood and now I need to drive quite far to find one. Not that that really means anything. Amazon doesn’t have any stores at all and they’re doing pretty well.

The above only goes to illustrate that you don’t necessarily need a solid business model to launch a tablet these days. Heck, look at Motorola and RIM, they did it. So, if follows that Barnes & Noble, a company that already has eReaders and such like Amazon does, would try their hand at a full tablet as well.

In fact, they just announced one today. And, judging from the specs and the early word on the street, they seem to have done a pretty good job. The company took the wraps off of said Nook Tablet during a press event in New York City this morning. Here’s the major specs:

• Screen: 1024 x 600 “laminated, no-air” 7-inch IPS LCD
• Weight: 14.1 ounces
• Processor: 1GHz dual-core TI Omap 4
• Platform: Customized version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
• Internal memory: 16GB
• microSD card expansion slot: up to 32GB cards
• Integrated microphone
• Battery life: 11 hours reading, 8-9 hours video (with wireless off)
• Price: $249
• Availability: Pre-order now, ships November 17

Not bad, The company also said the device will have free access to AT&T and Barnes & Noble Wi-Fi hotspots. In addition, the Nook Tablet has the “deepest Netflix integration of any tablet” and is capable of playing 1080p HD video.

The device will also have access to Barnes & Noble’s new “Nook Cloud” service for free storage as well as free support in stores. Anyone regretting their Amazon Kindle Fire pre-order?

As a bonus, here’s a couple videos that show you more about the device. No need to thank us.

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