Update May 26, 2011: Search engines keep leading everyone to this older post. These are the new ones:
Now back to the original post …
Nate speculates that this could be a device with a Mirasol screen.
I’ll go him one better. It won’t be called the Nook.
With a Mirasol screen, it’ll have a new name, something like Nook Duo.
I don’t think Mirasol has a 1024×600 pixel screen, so this is bound to be the same 600×800 resolution of the classic Nook.
But lacking the eInk flashing, Barnes & Noble can now make it both smaller and lighter by dispensing with the separate color touchscreen. I expect the entire screen to be touchy and to sport a new UI more like that of the NookColor.
Given the NookColor is $249, will they price this at $199? Or drop the NookColor to $199 and price this new one at $249?
Update: I just checked the PTO. B&N filed for “Nook2″ and “Nook 2″ trademark registration in June 2010. On the other hand, on March 29, 2011, the beard company B&N uses, Fission LLC, filed an application for “The Simple Touch Reader.” I can’t see them giving up the Nook brand, so this might be a marketing tagline for the new device. That would confirm my thinking that it will be all touchscreen.