Rumor: New Nook Color 2 coming in September

The Nook is the biggest rival to Amazon's Kindle eReader. In fact there are reports that the Nook is currently outselling the Kindle. Now there are reports that there may be a new version of the high end Nook Color launching as soon as this month. Digitimes reports via unnamed sources that the Nook Color 2 is being assembled by two manufacturers, Inventec and Pegatron. TPK Holding is making the touch screen component for the Nook Color 2. The report claims that two to three million units of the new version of the eReader could be shipped out by the end of the year.

The current Nook Color is a 7 inch touch screen eReader with WiFi support that runs on a highly modified version of Google's Android operating system. It has an 800 Mhz processor with 8 GB of storage. It first launched in November 2010 for a price of $249. The device also has its own apps with games, news and other features and Barnes and Noble has a program that allows app developers to make their own Nook Color compatible apps. It has support for email and web browsing as well. Some Android hackers have created ways for the Nook Color to run most Android-based apps.

Digitimes's article gave little info on the tech specs of the rumored Nook Color 2. There's no word if it will be running Android again but it will still be able to play games and it will still have email and web browsing features. Last week Barnes and Noble announced that its overall Nook business had a 140 percent increase in revenues in the company's last fiscal quarter.

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The Nook Color is pretty cool. If they can make something a little faster and better (with a camera, microphone, etc) for the same price, they will have another winner.

Xenomorph said,
The Nook Color is pretty cool. If they can make something a little faster and better (with a camera, microphone, etc) for the same price, they will have another winner.
agreed add a camera

Xenomorph said,
The Nook Color is pretty cool. If they can make something a little faster and better (with a camera, microphone, etc) for the same price, they will have another winner.

it's an e-reader...

rajputwarrior said,

it's an e-reader...


Well it's like a tablet/e-reader hybrid. It runs on Android, and the Nook 2 is expected to run on Honeycomb. It does more than just books.

jasonon said,
agreed add a camera

Why oh why... Why would anyone in his right mind would want another crappy camera on every equipment?

I have at the moment 2 phones with crappy cameras, one decent point and click, one camera on the laptop. I get it, on the phone is ok, you may need it somewhere like taking a picture of some menu, poster or whatever for later review. But on a tablet? For what?

It doesn't surprise me. B&N has to remain just enough ahead of Amazon if they want to survive, its been nearly year since the first N.C., so a hardware refresh/upgrade is not unusual. The rumors of a "Kindle Color" proves that they've been successful in eating away a healthy chunk of Amazon's e-reader strangle-hold.