Barnes & Noble Inc. is the largest retail bookseller in the United States, and the leading retailer of digital media as well. The Nook tablets were started by the Barnes & Noble Inc. to offer a good electronic reading experience to the user with its customized Nook software that runs on Android platform. The Nook interface is great for E-reading but the hardware front from the company is not great and following the dispiriting sales of Nook HD tablets, the B&N announced that it would seek the help of hardware partners for its future Nook tablets and now it looks like Samsung is the first partner for the upcoming Nook tablet.
It’s a good marketing strategy from the B&N to opt hardware partners as it would save cost on fresh designs, instead they can easily run the Nook software and add the brand name to an existing device which could result in more profits. The co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet will feature the same hardware configuration as the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 but runs on Nook software rather than the Samsung’s home-grown TouchWiz UI, emphasizing more on the e-book, magazine and digital media from the Nook Store.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will feature the same 7 inch display with with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels which will bring a pixel density of around 216 ppi. The device is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU along with 1.5 GB of RAM. It bears a 3 MP rear camera, and 1.3 MP front-facing camera and offers 8/16 GB versions along with the support to expand memory with microSD slot. On the connectivity front, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook comes with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS support. The device probably weighs the same 276 gms and comes with a 4,000 mAh battery to meet all your e-reading requirements.
The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet is due out in August 2014 in the United States and may eventually roll-out all around the globe. However there is no news on the pricing of the device, but bearing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 price in mind, the Nook powered variant should also cost the same $ 200 as its sibling as there are no recognizable hardware changes.
Via Barnes & Noble