Exciting things are brewing at the Barnes & Noble camp, and word on the street is that it’s all about a new Nook. Also, from what has emerged so far, it seems clear there isn’t going to be a revamp of the earlier hardware in the Kindle 3. Rather, it’s going to be even more impressive as the new Nook is rumored to be in color. They say it will have a touchscreen interface that will be unleashed on October 26th when the mega event is scheduled to take place.
Well, the Nook, as many of us are already aware, includes 2 screens and one of them already possesses the above mentioned qualities. And now, if the rumors are to be believed, the Nook is bigger and the primary reading portion will also be able to boast a color touchscreen display that will come in place of the otherwise boring monochrome unit.
Android also slips into the picture, as the new Nook is believed to run the popular Google open source OS. Also, with Android featuring in the scene has led many to sniff of a tablet device, which, if it indeed turns out to be true will be a big jump for Barnes & Noble and a big departure from the current Nook e-book reader. But then, it seems the speculation might be a bit too far fetched on this. Not to be left out, the iPad too is being talked about with some claiming the new Nook will have the same functionality as the popular Apple tablet device.
Specs wise, the new Nook will have a 7 inch display and is likely to be called Nook Color. Price wise, the Nook Color may retail for $249, which if true will be be a real bargain. More so if the Nook Color’s iPad beating credentials turns out to be true. This will let B&N to tap into the higher market segment, while towards the lower end, it will still have the Nook. Also, with this move, its will mark a change of policy at B&N as they no longer be seen chasing Amazon but is aiming higher and newer pastures.
However, there’s no word yet as to the color screen the new Nook will come with and whether if it indeed is a Mirasol color display as is being rumored that the Nook Color will have upfront.
Thankfully, there will be enough light to dispel all the darkness come Tuesday next and we will then be talking about facts and figures instead of rumors and speculations. So let’s be patient till then.
Update: It looks like Barnes and Noble has purchased the domain name nookcolor.com