Barnes & Noble announced the launch of two HD tablets on Wednesday, the 7in Nook HD and the 9in Nook HD+.
Set to rival Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7 tablets when it launches in the UK this Autumn, the 7in Nook HD (pictured below) will feature the highest resolution display seen on a 7in tablet at 1,440x900.
Barnes & Noble said that with a pixel density of 243ppi, the Nook HD has 25 percent more pixels than the Kindle Fire HD's 216ppi screen.
On the inside, the device has a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and graphics processing capabilities that the firm says are 80 percent faster than the Kindle Fire HD when it comes to displaying smoother, faster animations, renderings and apps experiences.
However, this will be something we'll have to test for ourselves when we get our hands on a review unit.
Barnes & Noble's president of product Jamie Iannone said that at 127mm wide and with a wider bezel to rest your thumbs on during use, the device has been designed so that it can be held in comfortably.
The firm also said that he Nook HD is 20 percent lighter than Google's Nexus 7 tablet, weighing 315g compared to the Nexus 7 at 340g, and significantly lighter than Amazon's Kindle Fire HD that weighs 395g.
The Nook HD (pictured below) will be priced at £159 for the 8GB model and £189 for the 16GB version, both of which have the option of using microSD card expandable memory for extra storage.
The Nook HD+ tablet is the 9in model of Barnes & Noble's new tablet line-up, offering a larger display with a full HD resolution of 1,920x1280, somewhat less than the iPad's Retina display that boasts 2,084x1536 resolution.
It also features 256ppi pixel density for up to HD 1080p video playback.
Weighing 515g, it is also much lighter than Apple's iPad, with Barnes & Noble saying that the Nook HD+ is "the lightest full HD tablet ever invented".
Packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, the Nook HD+ will come in just one colour, slate (dark grey).
Featuring expandable memory like the 7in Nook HD, the Nook HD+ will come in a 16GB option for £229 and a 32GB model for £269, almost half the price of an iPad.
Both the Nook HD and the Nook HD+ will be available to preorder at some point in October. Release dates have not been announced yet, but are expected to hit store shelves in mid-November.
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