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New Nook tablets announced, in 7-in. and 9-in. versions

Matt Hamblen | Sept. 27, 2012
Barnes & Noble announced two new tablets, the 7-in. Nook HD, starting at $199, and the 9-in. Nook HD+, starting at US$269.

Barnes & Noble officials made a point of noting that Target and Walmart will carry the new tablets, but the stores will not sell Amazon's tablets. Those retailers objected to Amazon's use of ads in its tablets because the advertising competes with the retailers' own advertisers. Barnes & Noble is offering its tablets without "annoying ads as with Amazon's tablets." Amazon requires customers to pay $15 to lose the advertising, which makes the Nook tablets "a better value than Amazon's," Barnes & Noble said.

Content is delivered to the Nook tablets via Wi-Fi, although both tablets also have Bluetooth afor the first time. Both tablets have microSD ports to expand storage to 64 GB.

The 9-in. tablet weighs 18.2 ounces and is 9.5 in. x 6.4 in. x 0.45 in., while the 7-in. tablet weighs 11.1 ounces and is 7.7 in. x 5 in. x 0.43 in. The Nook HD+ comes in a $349 version with 32 GB, as well as the starting $269 16GB version. The Nook HD for $199 has 8 GB, and the 16 GB version is $249.

Barnes & Noble made a quirky design shift with the 7-in. Nook HD by removing the faux caribiner clip seen in the original Nook on the lower left of the tablet body (when held in portrait mode). Instead, the carabiner clip appears only on the 9-in. HD+.

The Nook HD+ is a 9-in. tablet with a price starting at $269, a little over half of the iPad's $499 price.



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