Our good friends at Digitimes have picked up on new orders from Barnes & Noble. They’re getting hints that Barnes & Noble are about to release a new ebook reader and that it’s supposed to be announced soon. According to their sources the NC2 is going to be another 7″ model with a number of details in common with the current NookColor.
Taiwanese suppliers will ship key components to be used in Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color 2, scheduled for release in September 2011, according to industry sources.
TPK Holding will supply touch panels used in the e-bok reader, while Inventec will be responsible for the assembly, the sources said. Pegatron is also said to have received orders for Nook Color 2. It is reported that Inventec and Pegatron would be able to supply two to three million units of Nook Color 2 by the end of 2011.
This doesn’t surprise me at all. I’ve been saying for a few weeks now that a new NookColor was coming soon. I expected it to ship in October, not September, but I had already guess it was coming. In fact, while it may be announced in September, I expect that it will ship in October.
Since we know it will likely have a 7″ screen and Wifi, what other improvements do you expect? I’d guess that it will have a faster and newer CPU, more Flash storage, and I would bet that it will be running a heavily modified version of Gingerbread (Android v2.3). This next part is less likely, but I think it could possibly have a camera on the back. That would be useful as a note taking tool, right?