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Barnes & Noble Introduces New Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble have launched a new tablet ahead of the release of the new Kindle Fire colour tablet from rival retailer Amazon, which will be known as the Nook Tablet.

The company's CEO, William Lynch, said that the tablet will allow them to "deliver the best media device ever created in a portable form factor". B&N has already announced partnerships with Zulu and Neflix, and the company will be providing content in the form of magazines, books and apps.

The tablet has the same form factor as the Kindle Fire and the RIM Blackberry Playbook tablet. All three have the same 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen and all three have a TI OMAP4 chip; Amazon's clocked at 1.2GHz while the two others are clocked at 1GHz.

The tablet will be available by the end of next week at Barnes and Noble stores and online, and users will be able to save their data to a cloud service called Nook Cloud.

There is also the ability to plug in a 32GB SD card to triple the tablet's storage capacity. The original Nook Color costs $199, the same as the Amazon Kindle Fire, while the Nook Tablet costs $50 extra at $249.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.