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Barnes & Noble To Release New Nook Tablet On November 7th

Barnes & Noble is set to launch a new tablet e-reader on the 7th of November, which is based on the Android platform and will be called the Nook Color.

A number of US-based tech news websites (like Cnet (opens in new tab)) have received an invitation to a media event that shows a stylised N, almost certainly referring to the Nook.

The device is likely to have a new processor - possibly a dual core model like its Amazon rival - and a few design changes as well.

Whether it will be priced competitively compared to the Amazon Kindle Fire which will sell for $199 when it is shipped in November, remains to be seen.

Barnes and Noble may choose to keep the original Nook Color at $199 and price the new Nook Color at a higher price point; B&N is unlikely to embark on a price war with Amazon.

The current model comes with a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel touchscreen (like the Kindle Fire or the Blackberry Playbook), Wi-Fi connectivity, a built-in media player, a number of pre-loaded applications and is powered by a TI ARM Cortex A8 SoC clocked at 800MHz with 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage and can be augmented by a microSD card.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.