iPad 2 Rival Alert : B&N Nook Tablet To Cost $249

Details of Barnes and Noble's answer to the iPad 2 and the Amazon Kindle Fire have surfaced, and according to documents seen by tech news site Engadget, the device should be ready for launch by the 16th of November.

Like its Amazon rival, the new Nook tablet - which has yet to be named - appears to be a clone of the RIM Blackberry Playbook (possibly because they're manufactured using the same OEM blueprint).

It will come with a 7-inch VividView ISP touchscreen with a 1024x700 pixel resolution, a dual core TI OMAP4430 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage (in both cases, twice the amount of the Kindle Fire), a microSD expansion slot, Wi-Fi, USB, up to eight hours battery life and support for a wide range of video, audio and text formats.

The tablet will be $50 more expensive than the Kindle Fire but it packs a faster processor, more storage capacity and you will be able to expand it to a whopping 48GB with a microSD card.

It would be interesting to see whether Barnes & Noble sells the tablet - which is likely to be subsidised - outside the US. One can expect that enthusiasts and DIYers will try to hack it and convert it into a modded Android tablet capable of running ICS.