Tech journalists are gathering in New York on Monday to see new Barnes & Noble products, widely understood to be the next generation of Nook e-readers, including the first full-fledged tablet version of the Nook.
Mashable, which plans to live-blog the presentation, writes:
The event could be something of a letdown as huge amounts of detail about the tablet have already leaked. The Barnes & Noble Nook will reportedly be very similarly to the Nook Color in size and shape (7 inches and roughly a half-inch thick). It could be a bit lighter and thinner. Inside, it may offer a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. These specs are notable because they potentially both outdo the recently launched Amazon Kindle Fire. It offers a 1 GHz dual-core CPU and, reportedly, 512 GB of RAM ...
The confidential Barnes & Noble presentation making the rounds also depicts an interface that is not remarkably different from the current Nook Color, but we haven’t seen color screens or enough detail to know just how much versatility Barnes & Noble has built into its new tablet. The current Nook already includes an email client. Will it also have its own proprietary Web browser (similar to what’s now in the Kindle Fire) or will it use the Android browser?
The L.A. Times Technology blog notes that in addition to new hardware, Barnes & Noble might be highlighting changes to its Nook Friends network, which allows readers to share and discuss books through their Nook device.
We'll have more after the news — whatever it is — is out from Barnes & Noble.
— Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: The game Angry Birds running on a Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Credit: Barnes & Noble