Nook Media, a Barnes & Noble company, together with Samsung America, have just announced they are developing a co-branded 7-inch tablet – Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.
The tablet will be based on Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, and have a customized Nook software installed. The companies promise to launch it in the US in the early August. The device will be sold, like other Nooks, in nearly 700 bookstores across the US, as well as on B&N website.
The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 – the hardware for the new Nook – features 1280 x 800 screen (compared to 1024 x 600 of Tab 3), in WXGA technology, with a 16:10 screen ratio. It has 1.2 GHz processor, 1.3MP front plus 3MP rear-facing camera, and 1.5GB RAM memory. More tech specs and pictures are available here.
The operating system is Android 4.4.2 KitKat, modified by Nook, 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 price of the new device was not revealed yet, but there is a clear reference – original Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. It costs $199.99, and there is no reason to make it higher for a Nook branded version. If anyone would like to read Nook books on a 7-inch tablet, she can buy the original Galaxy Tab 4 and download a free Nook app from Google Play.
Samsung, after dropping its own ebook platform, Readers Hub, is entering a promising digital book business through the new deals. They will have one co-branded device that will default to Nook Store. Most other Samsung tablets will at the same time default to Kindle Store.
Barnes & Noble starts to rely on Samsung, which starts to rely on Amazon, which doesn’t rely on anyone else.
Via Business Wire.
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