Rumors regarding a successor for Barnes & Noble's Nook Color eReader/tablet combo have been circulating around the Web for quite some time now, but a series of recently leaked documents have now made this news official while also unveiling the specifications and the price of the device.Barnes & Noble's upcoming contraption is called simply enough the Nook Tablet and by taking only a short glimpse at the device one would be tempted to think this is nothing more than a rebranded Nook Color.
While this may be true if judging by the design of the tablet, on the inside B&N has brought a lot of changes to its creation.
Gone is the single-core TI OMAP 3621 processor clocked at just 800MHz and paired with 512MB of RAM as this has been replaced with a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP4 SoC seconded by 1GB of RAM.
That's more than double the compute capacity of the Nook Color, while also featuring 16GB on-board storage which can also be upgraded via a micro-SD card slot.
The rest of the specifications are pretty much the same, since the Nook Tablet comes with a 7-inch VividView IPS color touchpanel with a 1024 x 600 screen resolution and 802.11b/g/n WiFi connectivity.
According to the leaked B&N documents uncovered by endagdet, the Nook Tablet should be able to run for about eight hours on a single charge (with WiFi turned off), but watching videos drops battery life to just four hours.
The Nook Tablet is expected to be announced on November 7, when users are also able to place pre-orders for the device, while shipments begin on November 16. Demo units will make their appearance into B&N stores one day prior to shipping.
Pricing will be set at $249 (180 EUR) in the US, so this will retail for $50 (36 EUR) more than its closest rival, the highly successful Amazon Kindle Fire. How the two tablets will stack up against each other remains to be seen, but competition is never a bad thing for us consumers.