Jun 05 AT 9:07 AM Nick Sarafolean 11 Comments

Samsung and Barnes & Noble create Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Last year, we watched Barnes & Noble finally call it quits on their series of home-grown Nook tablets. This year, however, Barnes & Noble is taking a different approach by collaborating with Samsung to create a Nook tablet. The result is the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, Samsung’s own 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 with Barnes & Noble’s Nook software loaded onto the device. Let’s take a refreshed look at the specs, shall we?

  • 1280×800 resolution display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 3-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with Nook software
  • 8GB or 16GB storage

The hardware isn’t mind-blowing, but it should satisfy the general consumer, especially since the tablet is primarily aimed at an e-reading crowd that doesn’t require top-shelf specs. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we’d expect the Tab 4 Nook to fall somewhere between $150 and $200. Availability is slated for early August, with the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook being sold both online and in-store next to the Nook e-readers. Check out the press release below for more info.

Would you be interested in a Galaxy Tab 4 Nook?

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble Announce Partnership to Create Co-Branded Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK Combines Leading Samsung Tablet Technology with the Award-Winning NOOK® Reading Experience

New York, NY & Ridgefield Park, NJ — June 5, 2014 — Samsung Electronics America and NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), today announced a partnership to develop co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK tablets that feature the award-winning Barnes & Noble digital reading experience.

The co-branded devices will combine popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized NOOK software to give customers powerful, full-featured tablets that are designed for reading, with easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers.

The companies are expected to introduce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK in a 7-inch version in the U.S. in early August. The co-branded tablets will be prominently displayed along with NOOK eReaders and sold at Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores across the U.S. and online at bn.com, one of the leading e-commerce sites.

“We are very excited and proud to partner with Samsung, a world-class technology and tablet leader, to create customized co-branded devices featuring our valuable NOOK reading experience and digital content catalog for Barnes & Noble customers nationwide,” said Michael P. Huseby, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “Standing behind these great new devices will be the power of our 40,000 Barnes & Noble booksellers combined with our deep bookselling and retail expertise to provide sales support and personalized in-store customer service for our lineup of new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK products. Partnering with Samsung brings our customers great new products and evidences our commitment to our NOOK customers and growing our digital content business.”

Mr. Huseby noted that the Company will continue to offer its NOOK GlowLightâ„¢ and continue to provide customer support for its millions of customers. He added that the partnership is a major milestone in Barnes & Noble’s efforts to rationalize the NOOK business. Working with Samsung on co-branded tablets will allow the Company to reduce its exposure to the substantial cost structure and other financial commitments that accompany ownership of the hardware production aspects of the NOOK tablet business. Going forward, the Company will be able to focus on its proven expertise in acquiring and delivering the best digital reading experience to grow NOOK content sales.

“Samsung has had a strong relationship with Barnes & Noble, offering the company’s award-winning reading experience to users of Galaxy Tab products,” said Tim Baxter, President of Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung is dedicated to providing consumers with choices that best fit their lifestyle. So, we are excited to be taking this next step with Barnes & Noble to offer Galaxy Tab 4 devices that are tailored to the needs of their customers and enhance the NOOK reading experience.”

Via: Android Central

Source: Barnes & Noble

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • teen-mumble

    t-mobile is toast

    • Dirty Budha

      This comment doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the article written. You’re either a terrivle troll or posting in the wrong thread.

  • Dirty Budha

    The specs are alright, but being forced into B&N version of Android is the real bummer. HOPEFULLY it will get unlocked and owners can root it to install KitKat sans the B&N stuff. At that price it’s a pretty good deal for the average consumer.

    • Corwin59

      Or you could just buy a tablet with the version of android that you want. This is aimed at Barnes & Noble customers who actually WANT Barnes & Noble content. No one is being “forced” to buy the B&N version of Android.

      • Dirty Budha

        2 devices:
        - Galaxy Tab 4
        - Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
        The difference is the B&N version of Android.

        Consumers that purchase the device are stuck with the B&N software. “Forced” is a harsher term, I get that. I also understand that this is geared towards Nook and B&N customers. Sadly, they aren’t the only ones that will see this as a deal. So yes, a consumer that is duped into buying the B&N version will be forced to use their modified OS.

        • CweeperHugz

          I am interested to see how long it will be before the xda-devs get past some locked bootloader that Barnes and noble puts on their tablets. We’ve gotten past the locked bootloaders of the nook color, nook tablet, nook HD, and nook HD+. I think this will make rooting the tab 4 easier.

  • Bart

    I would think the e-reader crowd wouldn’t like this because it does not use e-ink. One of the main draws to e-readers is that they can be read in sunlight. This cannot. Even with brightness at 100% on my Note3, I struggle to read the screen outside in sunlight. I’ve seen people taking some hilarious postures trying to cast a shadow over their phones so they could see the screen.

    • Corwin59

      True Bart. But Barnes & Noble already sells a great e-ink device(I have one). This is targeted to folks who want a full Android tablet with access to apps, movies, music, etc. but who also would enjoy reading books on the go. The reason I personally prefer the e-ink screen is because I can read outside with no glare and the battery life on my Nook Glow is about 150 hours. If I were a more casual reader, this Samsung / Barnes & Noble device sounds like a good tablet at a great price.

  • alex

    my nook hd plus has 1080p screen …just saying

  • John Patrick

    Screen is a disappointment – lower than even my Nook HD which has 900 x 1400.

  • Andrew Parry

    The best thing about the Nook HD+ was the high resolution, crisp screen. Great battery life as well.. This screen is low res and very disappointing. +