Barnes & Noble launches new Nook HD tablets


macrumors 6502a
Jun 7, 2009
Great price point on the 9". $269 for 16GB, 1080p display, Micro-SD expandable, HDMI out, and 20% lighter than 3rd-gen iPad. Not bad at all.
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macrumors 65816
Apr 3, 2012

The Nook HD is a 7" tablet with a 1440x900 resolution—this 243 pixels-per-inch display puts it within reach of the Retina iPad's 264 PPI, and slightly ahead of the 216 PPI in the 1280x800 Nexus 7 and the 7" Kindle Fire HD. The tablet is comparable in size to other 7" tablets, but is slightly thinner and lighter than both the Nexus 7 and Amazon's offering.

On the inside of the tablet is a 1.3GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 from Texas Instruments, a slight bump up from the 1.0GHz OMAP 4 in last year's Nook Tablet. Most of the tablets in both Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's lineups are using some version on the Cortex A9-based OMAP 4, which won't set any speed records when compared to quad-core processors like the one in the Nexus 7 or quicker dual-core processors like the one in the iPhone 5.

The smaller tablet will be available in both Snow (white) and Slate (dark grey), and 8GB and 16GB capacities will set you back $199 and $229 respectively.
While the Nook HD is more of a replacement for the current Nook Tablet, the Nook HD+ is a new product category for Barnes & Noble—it's a 9" tablet with a 256 PPI 1920x1280 display. If the Barnes & Noble product page is accurate, this resolution is a bit of an odd choice, since it gives the tablet a non-standard aspect ratio different from the 16:10 used in the Nook HD (or the 16:9 used by the 8.9" Kindle Fire HD)—a true 16:10 display would actually be 1920x1200. We won't know whether this resolution has an effect on video or apps until we have the device in-hand.

Powering the HD+ is a 1.5GHz OMAP 4470, a slightly faster version of the chip used by the Nook HD. The larger tablet is available in the dark grey Slate color only, and comes in both 16GB and 32GB versions for $269 and $299. This slightly undercuts the $299 entry price of Amazon's 16GB 8.9" Kindle Fire HD.
8GB (7inches) $199 with 1440x900
16GB (7 inches) $229 with 1440x900

16GB (9 inches) $269 with 1920x1280
32GB (9 inches) $299 with 1920x1280

So from 8GB to 16GB, B&N charges extra $30. From 16GB to 32GB, B&N charges an extra $30.

Very consumer friendly.


macrumors member
Feb 2, 2010
Very nice! Very interesting!
I was waiting for the ipad mini, but just might get this. It seems to have a great screen. And I must say I like that sd card slot, and also that they seem like light devices.
Two "drawbacks", though:
-I wish it had a faster wifi connection (like amazon),
-but especially, why no front-facing camera?!


macrumors member
Aug 23, 2011
I'm really considering about buying one of these. The 7in, 16 GB tablet would be fine for me. I don't own an iPad or any tablet yet. It would probably be wise to wait and see if the rumors are true about a 7in iPad. The only thing that's holding me back from buying one of these nook's is the app support and leaving the apple ecosystem. I already own a MacBook Air and iPhone 4S. I wouldn't mind trying something new though.


macrumors 68020
Apr 23, 2009
I love what B&N is doing, and these look like quality hardware but they severely lack the ecosystems apple and amazon can offer. The 9 inch tablet would be pretty awesome if it could be flashed to run vanilla Jelly Bean.


macrumors regular
Jun 30, 2012
I would love one of these. Have a Nook tablet but still moving toward the iPad.
Will check this out in stores.


macrumors 6502
Mar 4, 2008
As a straight up e-reader and netflix streaming- the tablet is excellent.
I imagine the Nook HD will be outstanding.

For the price it's the best one out there.

The only thing that keeps on the ipad is the comicbook lover app.
They do not make it for Android.