Chris Meadows at the Digital Reader writes, in "New iPod Touch Looks Better for Reading Than Ever":
As I’ve said a number of times before, mostly over on TeleRead, the iPod Touch has long had the potential to be the preferred pocketable for people who didn’t want to have to pay through the nose for phone service. Pair it with a prepaid MiFi for net access and you’re good to go whenever and wherever, with no need to fret about contracts or paying for minutes you never use.
The biggest new feature from an e-book lover’s point of view is the new 4” screen, same as the iPhone 5’s, which means it can fit a couple more lines of e-book text on the screen at one time (at least for reader apps that are adapted to take advantage of the new taller screen shape), and at retina resolution so it’s one of the clearest LCD screens ever, inch for inch. ...
In a way, I feel a bit bad about plugging Apple devices like this, given the company’s many examples of reprehensible behavior over the last few years. But for all that the company has been total jerks, it is still a lot closer to owning the handheld mini-tablet niche than it is to owning the larger tablet niche. A year and a half ago I went looking for a good Android equivalent to the iPod Touch and couldn’t find one.
This struck me when I was following the live blogging of the non-iPad-mini announcement at the big iPhone / iPod / iTunes upgrade press conference. That iPod Touch does look like it owns a particular space, which is a space that an ebook-oriented "tablet-device" maker might think of looking into.
And look at Amazon: they've gone big, but they've left the pocketable LCD ereader space vacant. There may be room there to get in before Amazon.
Whatever the new Nook Tablet version 2 looks like exactly, I expect B&N will probably do the same as they did when they introduced the Nook Tablet, and push the preceding tablet into the next price point down. If they price match Amazon, that is $160 for the NT version 1 and $200 for the NT version 2.
The easiest way to hit a lower price point is to do a "NTv1 mini", which would keep the pixel density of the NTv1, which at 5" would be a resolution of 500x854 ~ and the closest Android equivalent is the Samsung Galaxy S MP3 Player, with a WVGA 480x800 resolution.
The more aggressive design is to retain the 600x1024 resolution, which would provide substantially higher pixel density on a 5" screen. Other than the form factor, the other big change to include would be the one that I am hoping comes with the NT version 2, which is louder, stereo, speakers.