Although Barnes & Noble has given up on manufacturing its own tablets, the company still plans to make the Nook brand attractive to tablet owners by partnering with other manufacturers. The first Nook tablet that isn’t made by Barnes & Noble is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tab that has been made available for purchase today.
As the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is basically a rebranded version of the standard Galaxy Tab 4 from Samsung. In fact, the hardware is exactly the same: a 7-inch display that runs a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels at 216 PPI, a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 from Marvell, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, all in a package that measures 7.36 x 4.25 x 0.35 inches and weighs in at 276 grams.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is priced at $179, which is the same price that Samsung asks for the standard version of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4. Barnes & Noble hopes that its pre-bundled proprietary software will draw in tablet users with a passion for reading books.
In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook competes directly against Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, a tablet that sells for $139. Although Amazon’s tab offers similar specs at a lower, the Galaxy Tab Nook 4 has full access to Android’s Play Store, while the Kindle Fire HD is limited to Amazon’s own app store, one that cannot compare in terms of diversity with Google’s app store.
It remains to be seen if this new tablet strategy from Barnes & Noble will pay off, although this time around the company doesn’t take any big risks with the new tablet, unlike previous Nook tablets which translated into significant financial losses.
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Via: The Verge