The last few weeks have been a veritable smorgasbord of new device releases giving us new Amazon Kindles, the long-awaited iPhone 5, and even a Toys 'R' Us tablet. But there's more to come before the year is up, and next in line in the tablet wars is Barnes & Noble's new Nook HD and HD+.
Barnes & Noble is calling its new tablets the lightest high-definition tablets on the market, but aside from that claim it's clear that the Nook's primary competitive feature is price. The 7-inch Nook HD is priced at $199 with 8 gigabytes of storage ($229 for 16 gigabytes) and the 9-inch Nook HD+ is offered for $269 with 16 gigabytes ($299 for 32 gigabytes). These prices put the new Nook tablets squarely within striking range of the new Kindle Fire HD tablets in terms of cost, and well below the industry-leading Apple iPad, which starts at a base price of $499.
Aside from price, the new Nooks also focus on high-quality displays, a slick new touch interface, content sharing within your family via profiles, and a new video service launching this fall with content from the likes of Disney, Viacom, HBO, and Sony. You can take a brief tour of the Nook's new look in the gallery below, and we'll have some first impressions for you from our time spent with the pair of HD tablets later today.