US bookstore Barnes & Noble recently announced it would be bringing its eBook readers to the UK, along with a new online eBook store. Now, it has decided to bring its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets to these shores too.
Clearly wanting to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets, which are launching for the first time in the UK this coming month, Barnes & Noble have a difficult road ahead, as the name isn’t as well known here as it is in the US.
So what do we get? The Nook HD is a 7-inch tablet with a screen resolution of 1440 x 900 – eclipsing both the Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7 – that weighs just 315 grams. Inside is a 1.3GHz dual-core processor made by Texas Instruments, plus there’s 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and 8GB of internal memory.
The Nook HD will cost £159 for the 8GB version, but one with 16GB of memory for £189 will also be available, and it’ll come in a choice of either Snow or Smoke colours.
Where Amazon disappointed by not releasing its 8.9-inch Kindle HD tablet here, Barnes & Noble has delivered, as the Nook HD+ has a 9-inch screen with a 1920 x 1280 pixel resolution – that’s good enough for 1080p video. The processor has been boosted to 1.5GHz and also comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of memory and a microSD card slot. The price is £229 for the 16GB model or £269 for the 32GB.
Barnes & Noble also highlight the fact there are no adverts on either tablet, and both come with a standard wall charger, neither of which can the Kindle Fire match. Like the Kindle Fires though, there’s no option to enter the Google Play store, and the customised version of Android 4.0 only provides access to Barnes & Noble’s app store and content.
The Nook HD and Nook HD+ will both go on sale in November.