The new "Nook Tablet", as B&N are calling it, is going to be a slightly update version of the original. It's slightly thinner and weighs slightly less, but it's based around the same 7" IPS screen. The new Nook keeping the card slot, Wifi, and it's getting a bump in Flash storage - 16GB, not 8GB.
Update: I now have a complete set of the leaked doc. There's a gallery of screenshots at the end of the post. Enjoy.
The new Nook is also getting a dual core 1.2GHz CPU, which is a bump from the 1GHz CPU in the NookColor. But it's still coming from Texas Instruments and that means it won't take too long to port CyanogenMod or the other hacked firmwares. There's already several out for the NookColor, which give the hackers a head start.
Curiously enough, the older NookColor isn't going away. One of the leaked docs shows all 4 Nooks from the original to the Nook Tablet. Clearly they plan to have all models on display in store. So it looks like the old NookColor will be priced at $199 like I told you yesterday, with the new Nook Tablet going for $249. It's supposed to ship on 16 November.
Well this is disappointing. Barnes & Noble did indeed surprise me, just like I said they would on Tuesday. But they didn't surprise me in a good way.
I predicted a month ago that the NookColor would be getting a hardware update and the Acclaim would be all new hardware. It looks like B&N will release the upgraded NookColor that I predicted, only it's going to be the Acclaim tablet.
That's disappointing. They're releasing the updated tablet that I predicted, but they're not releasing any new hardware. Eh. I'm not sure I even want to go on Monday, now that I know there's not going to be much that is new.