In case it's not clear, this new NT is a direct response to the Kindle Fire. It costs the same as the KF and it has the same amount of storage. And that means that B&N has just shown us that price does indeed trump specs and features. Of course, it still falls short of the KF by only letting the user have 1GB of storage, but it also has the card slot, which is more than you can say about the KF.
If you want one, check your local B&N store tomorrow. I know that The Verge's screen shot it will be in Walmart on Wednesday, but my sources inside B&N reported that over the weekend they received that signage and merchandize that they were supposed to put out on Tuesday. I couldn't get anyone to open the packages, but I'd say that we now know what's in them.
On a related note, B&N was rumored to be launching a new Nook this spring. Do you think this is it?