To complete the range of Nook tablets, Barnes & Noble has launched on October 7, 2015, the 9.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook.
The new Nook is the third tablet made in cooperation with Samsung, joining the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4, and the 8-inch Galaxy Tab S2.
The new Nook is the largest device in B&N’s portfolio, but it’s not most expensive one. It’s cheaper than the 8-inch Nook S2 by $150. It equals the price of the smallest, 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.
The launch price is $249.99, half the price of iPad Air 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (both cost $500 each).
So, the price is attractive. What does the Samsung Galaxy Tab E offer for that price? Not much. The 1280 × 800 px screen in WXGA, with 157 ppi density, 16 GB of internal memory, two cameras (2 MP front and 5 MP rear), USB port and microSD slot.
And it’s pretty heavy. It weighs over half a kilo, 547 grams to be precise – over 100 grams more than its direct competitor, Amazon Fire HD 10.
Just like other Nook tablets co-branded with Samsung, the Nook E operates on Android, adjusted to center the user experience around the Nook Store. However, you will have easy access to Google Play, as well.
With the introduction of the third tablet, Nook users have now a clear choice:
- Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 7″ – if they need a tablet for basic needs – $149.99
- Galaxy Tab S2 Nook 8″ – if they want to have the top device with the stunning screen and best performance – $399.99
- Galaxy Tab E Nook 9.6″ – if the screen size matters most, but not at all costs – $249.99
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook – launch details
At the time of the announcement on October 7, 2015, the new Nook was available both in Barnes & Noble stores and online.
If you buy Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook, you can choose complimentary content from Barnes & Noble:
- three books from a selection of 20 great titles featuring favorites such as The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates, or On A Night Like This by Barbara Freethy,
- three magazines from a selection of 25 popular publications, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and Food Network Magazine.
On top of that, through November 7, 2015, current Nook owners can visit any Barnes & Noble store to trade in select Nook devices. They will receive a $50 credit for the purchase of the Galaxy Tab E Nook 9.6. It will bring down the price of the new Nook to under $200.
Here is the list of Nook models eligible for the trade-in:
- Nook 1st Edition,
- Nook Color,
- Nook Tablet,
- Nook Simple Touch,
- Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight,
- Nook HD,
- Nook HD+,
- Nook GlowLight.
The new Nook comes together with a rather impressive collection of branded cases. The line of 2-way stand covers for Galaxy Tab E Nook includes as many as ten colors. Emerald, Sangria, and Blush are among them.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook – comparisons
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook is the largest tablet from Barnes & Noble, but its features are not impressive. On the other hand, what you can expect for half a price of the iPad Air 2?
With 1280 × 800 px display and Quad-Core 1.2 GHz processor it can be only compared to the newly introduced Amazon Fire HD 10.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook vs. Amazon Fire HD 10
|Feature||Galaxy Tab E Nook||Amazon Fire HD 10|
|Screen size||9.6 inches||10.1 inches|
|Resolution||1280 × 800||1280 × 800|
|Pixel density||157 ppi||149 ppi|
|Storage||16 GB||16/32 GB|
|Processor||Quad-Core (1.2GHz), Qualcomm APQ 8016||Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz|
|Weight||547 g||432 g|
|Cameras||Front: 2 MP
Rear: 5 MP
|Front: 0.3 MP
Rear: 5 MP
The largest Nook tablet is also twice as cheap as the 9.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. Immediately, the question comes to mind why Barnes & Noble decided to follow the cheaper path instead of picking up the S2 tablet, just like they did for the 8-inch size.
$500 is the price users of Apple tablets would be willing to pay. For every other brand, the consumer’s choice path is from a more affordable to a more expensive model.
Going for a top-end model would not guarantee the sales. What Barnes & Noble is desperately looking for is a way to extend the user base. Because existing users are buying the content. And in the end, it’s the content where the money is, not the medium.
In that way, Barnes & Noble wants to compete with Amazon in drawing as many new customers as possible.
Anyone who bought a Nook device is not willing to change the platform, because of several issues related to content migration. In fact, it’s impossible to move the entire collection of movies, music and books from Amazon to Nook and vice versa.
Therefore, if you already own a Nook device, you are probably thinking of updating or upgrading the device. Here is a comparison of all Nook tablets made together with Samsung.
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Image via Barnes and Noble.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook – pics
Take a look at the pictures of the largest tablet in the Galaxy Tab Nook family.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook 9.6 – video tour
This video will let you learn in 30 seconds about most important features of the new tablet from Barnes & Noble.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook – full specs
|Screen size||9.6 inches|
|Screen resolution||1280 × 800 px|
|Pixel density||157 ppi|
|Processor||Quad-Core (1.2GHz), Qualcomm APQ 8016|
|Battery||Up to 12 hours for video usage|
|Storage||16 GB on-board memory. Add up to 128 GB with an optional microSD card.|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n|
3.5mm headset jack
|Cameras||Front: 2 MP
Rear: 5 MP
|GPS||GPS + GLONASS|
|Dimensions||Height: 9.52 in / 241.8 mm
Width: 5.89 in / 150 mm
Depth: 0.38 in / 9.7 mm
|Weight||19.3 oz / 547 g|
|Support file formats||Audio: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Video: MP4, 3GP, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Gallery (pictures): JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Reader/Other: PDF, ePUB, HWP, HWT, HML, HWPX, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, DOT, DOTX, HWDT, XLSX, XLSB, XLS, XLSM, XLTX, XLTM, XLT, CELL, HCDT, PRN, CSV, TSV, HTML, HTM, PPTX, PPT, POTX, THMX, SHOW, HSDT, HTHEME
|In the box||Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook
Quick Start Guide
Galaxy Tab E Nook – product chart
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook 9.6
Our Largest Screen
The 9.6″ HD display is the perfect size to deliver the excitement of all your favorite movies, TV shows, magazines, comics, and games.
Go portrait format to enlarge the page. Turn it 90° to take in the whole spread. Books and magazines open up with air at this larger size. Throughout, you’ll enjoy the award-winning Nook Reading experience.
Enter a World of Books
Choose from millions of books, and get instant access to top lists, curated collections, and expert recommendations to help you find your next great read. At any time, sample anything for free.
Bestselling Magazines & Newspapers
Buy single issues on a whim, or subscribe and get your favorite magazines and newspapers delivered straight to your Nook the moment they hit newsstands.
Popular Movies & TV Shows
Single episodes and full seasons of top TV Shows, along with thousands of movies available on Nook Video. Preview any title free, then buy and watch instantly.
Load Up on All Your Favorites
Your new tablet already packs in a lot of space with 16 GB of built-in storage. If you ever need more, add up to 128 GB with an optional microSD card. Additionally, all of your purchases are stored for free in Nook Cloud.
Comes with Google Play
Millions of Android apps, games, movies, songs, and more are available on Google Play, an entertainment hub instantly accessible across devices wherever you are.
Free Lifetime In-Store Support
Visit any Barnes & Noble for help setting up and troubleshooting, great book and movie recommendations, and tips & tricks on using your new Nook.
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