Right on top of word that Amazon will be unveiling a new Kindle or a new Android tablet on September 28, The Digital Reader blog says it got its hands on a PowerPoint slide that indicates that Barnes & Noble will be releasing two new tablets this year.
Rumors have been percolating for a while that the Nook Color would be upgraded around the one-year anniversary of its release (October 26, 2010). But this latest rumor has Barnes & Noble releasing that $249 product, dubbed the Encore, as well as a second $349 model, the Acclaim.
However, Encore was the code name for the original Nook Color, which suggests that Barnes & Noble may leave that product on the market as its entry-level Nook Color while coming out with a higher-end, souped-up Nook Color (code name Acclaim) for $349.
We have a feeling we'll know pretty soon. With Amazon set to make its announcement next week, it shouldn't be long before we hear from Barnes & Noble.
Editors' note: This post was updated with new information regarding the code name for the original Nook that cast doubt on the rumor that two Nook Colors would be arriving this year.