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B&N shows off new Nook Tablet (photos)

Barnes & Noble tries to stay competitive with Amazon by showing off its new lineup of ereaders.
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Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch showed off the new Nook Tablet, updated Nook Color and the Nook Simple Touch ereader at the Barnes & Noble store in Union Square, Manhattan.

Lynch says the new 7-inch Nook Tablet will be powered by a 1Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and up to 1080p video support.

Here's a hand-on report from CNET.

Photos by Sara Tew, CNET

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Here's a publicity photo of the new Nook Tablet.

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Lynch relishes the crowd reaction to his company's new device. He claims the Nook Tablet will feature 11.5 hours of reading time and 9 hours of video playback. It also has a low glare screen and will be able to access WiFi at B&N stores and video hotspots.

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Lynch says the Nook Tablet will offer lots of games, magazines and apps.

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Of course Angry Birds will lead the list of Nook apps.

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For songs, Lynch says it will offer free cloud storage. If you don't use the cloud, the Nook tablet has 16GB of memory and expandable SD card slot for an "extra 32GB."

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The Nook Tablet will allow you to record someone reading a book.

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Of course, Lynch compares the Nook Tablet to Amazon's new Kindle Fire. He says Nook Tablet's 1GB of RAM vs the Fire's 512MB is a "big difference." He also says Nook Tablet has 7 times more storage capacity...if you use the SD card.

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And the new Nook tablet will cost $249. That's $50 more than the Kindle Fire.

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B&N will not compete with Amazon's lowest-price $79 Kindle which delivers ads to offset the price drop.

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The original Nook has added more than 100 enhancements and has a new price tag of $199. It has new social features and an 8GB plus SD cart slot for expansion.

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Publicity photo of the new Nook Color.

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In order to keep up with the Kindles, the Nook Simple Touch will cost $99 and feature a two month battery life.

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The Kindle Simple Touch ereader.

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The new family of Nooks along with their new price tags.

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