How many price cuts does an unsuccessful, heavily criticized by many and downright ignored by others tablet line need to pass away with the smallest shred of dignity left? If we’re talking about Barnes & Noble’s Nooks, apparently a lot of them.
The latest brings the 7-inch Nook HD’s starting price in the UK down to a measly £79 and the 9-inch HD+ to £129 in a 16 GB variant. The same 16 GB flavor of the 7-incher now costs £99, whereas the “top-of-the-line” 9-incher, rocking 32 gigs of on-board storage, is up for grabs for £149.
At this point, B&N is that close to selling the slate duo at a loss, which is a tragedy for the US-based company, but can only be viewed as great news for us regular tech geeks. After all, nobody liked the Nook HD and HD+ to begin with, but for those prices they’re almost impossible to turn down.
Mind you, the 7-incher sports a 1,440 x 900 pix res display, packs a dual-core 1.3 GHz CPU and weighs in at just 315 grams, while its bigger brother comes with a spectacular 1,920 x 1,080 screen and decently zippy 1.5 GHz processor in tow.
And because we don’t want to be accused of favoring our site’s UK-based readers, let’s refresh the memory of our American friends as well in regards to B&N’s pricing structure. The Nook HD starts at $129 on US shores, going for $149 with 16 GB of memory and the HD+ costs $149 in a 16 GB flavor and 30 bucks more with double the storage. Not too shabby for you either, eh?