Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ also announced, price for US starts at $269

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+

Going bigger on the screen estate than its little brother, the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ was also announced today. The price starts at $269 for 16GB of hoarding space which can be expanded by dropping a 32GB card into the integrated microSD card slot.

The device has a 256ppi, 9-inch, 1920 x 1280 full HD touchscreen which can play back 1080p videos. This should be good for entertainment buffs, especially considering the Nook Video service which is set to offer standard and HD TV shows and movies when the two new tablets are out in October. A 1.5GHz dual core processor powers the Nook HD+ and there’s 1GB RAM supporting the overall user experience.

“With the combination of the highest resolution screen, lightest weight and expansive access to content rendered in a digital quality never before seen, Nook HD is the world’s best 7-inch media tablet,” remarked William J. Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble. “We designed our larger format tablet NOOK HD+ because we think there’s big demand from customers for a super-light, extremely high quality 9-inch tablet, at half the price of the iPad. Both our 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+ deliver an exceptional customer experience and we enthusiastically encourage customers to go to nook.com and learn more about them.”

Not too sold on the idea of Amazon Special Offers? Barnes & Noble claims that its ad-free tablets offer better value than Amazon’s. Both devices feature HDMI compatible ports, UltraViolet support, SRS TruMedia audio technology, support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and more. Lastly, users can expect up to 10 hours of reading time or 9 hours of video with Wi-Fi turned off on the 9-incher.

Nook HD+

The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ price in the US is $269 for the 16GB variant and $299 for the 32GB one. It can be pre-ordered now, though it will commence shipping only late next month and hit outlets by early November. As for the UK, the gadget will be up for pre-booking in October, while Nook.co.uk and the big names in retail will start stocking it in the latter half of November.