As expected, Barnes and Noble announced the launch of a new touchscreen E Ink Nook today, dubbed “The Simple Touch Reader”. It is available for pre-order from Barnes and Noble for $139, the same price as the Kindle 3 WiFi. It is expected to release on June 10th.
Like the Kobo Touch that was announced yesterday, the new Nook Touch uses Neonode’s zForce technology for the touchscreen, which uses infrared to detect input. This is the same exact touchscreens that Sony uses with their ereaders, and they work fabulously in conjunction with E Ink screens.
Speaking of E Ink, the new Nook uses the latest higher-contrast Pearl displays from E Ink. This gives it darker text with 50% better contrast and improved performance versus the earlier Nook. Additionally, the new Nook is 35% lighter and 21% more compact than the original.
New Nook Touch Specs and Features
- 6″ E Ink Pearl display, 16 levels of grayscale, 800 x 600 resolution
- Neonode zForce infrared touchscreen
- Processor: 800MHz TI OMAP 3
- Operating system: Android 2.1
- 2GB internal memory, microSD card slot for cards up to 32GB
- WiFi for downloading ebooks and periodicals from Barnes and Noble (no 3G option this time)
- Supported formats: EPUB and PDF, including Adobe DRM, and JPG, GIF, PNG, and BMP images
- Bookmarks, highlights, dictionary, search
- 6 font styles, 7 font sizes
- Nook Friends, lend and share ebooks directly from the Nook
- Virtual keyboard
- 80% less flashing with page refreshes
- Charge via USB or power adapter
- Battery Life: up to 2 months!
- Weight: 7.48 oz
- Dimensions: 6.5″ x 5″ x 0.47″