It’s official. The Nook Color from Barnes and Noble was announced this afternoon and looks like it’s going to be pretty cool.
The Nook Color features a 7-inch capacitive VividView touchscreen from LG that can display more than 16 million colors, it has 8GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot, a media player for music and videos, built-in WiFi and a web browser, 8 hours of battery life for reading, and it runs Android 2.0.
Regarding the LCD display, B&N says the Nook Color uses a special design that reduces glare and provides optimum brightness for enjoyable reading indoors or outdoors.
As you might guess with a full color touchscreen, Barnes and Noble is doing a lot of promoting for newspapers and magazine subscriptions with the Nook Color, as well as the newly-launched Nook Kid’s portion of B&N’s books. In fact, there’s a feature called AliveTouch where kids can interact with words and pictures, and even have some books read aloud to them as they follow along.
The new Nook has a lot to do with social networking, incorporating a new feature from B&N called NOOKfriends, where you can share with friends and family through email and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The new Nook Color comes with some free games such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, chess, with more to come. And you can stream music over Wi-Fi with Pandora internet radio.
Nook Color Specs
- 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1024 x 600 at 169 PPI
- Android 2.0 operating system
- 8GB internal memory; microSD card slot for cards up to 32GB
- Web browser, email
- Pandora internet radio
- Lend ebooks with B&N’s LendMe feature
- Audio: AAC and MP3 formats; 3.5mm headphone jack; built-in speaker
- Video Player: MP4 format
- Image Viewer: JPG, BMP, PNG, and GIF
- Supports ePub and PDF formats, both non and Adobe DRM
- Quickoffice Software for viewing Microsoft Office files: .xls, .doc, .ppt, .pps, .txt, .docm, .xlsm, .ppsx, .ppsm, .docx, .xlx, .pptx
- Games: Crossword Puzzles, Sudoku, Chess, etc
- Weight: 15.8 ounces (449 grams)
- Dimensions: 8.1 inches x 5 inches x 0.48 inches
- Battery: up to 8 hours
The Nook Color is available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble.com for $249. It is expected to start shipping on November 19th.