Barnes & Noble announces Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Tablet
It seems like Barnes & Noble has dropped developing its own tablets and decided to offload tablet manufacturing to Samsung, and maybe some other companies as well in the future. The move comes after huge loss in the past. Company had already announced its plan to partner with some other company to manufacture and co-brand the device and there was a rumor that the company would partner with Microsoft but that turned out to be just rumor. And finally Barnes & Noble and Samsung has announced the new tablet optimized for reading.
The device itself is not that different from the Samsung’s 4th generation Galaxy Tab 7, while the Barnes & Noble experience lies inside. The device is named Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The device comes with display of 1280 x 800 pixels resolution and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is not just a version of Samsung’s existing tablets that ships with the Nook app pre-installed. According to B&N, the tablet is coming with a customized Nook software even though the company hasn’t clarified what this “Customization” means for the tablet and what difference the device has from other Galaxy Tab 4 tablets out there.
As far as Samsung, this is lucrative move and will help Samsung push its devices further for global electronics domination through a store where no other major brand is available. But it is yet to be seen how this moves make any changes for Barnes & Nobles in facing tough competition from Amazon Kindle Fire. However this new collaboration could increase the sales and profit for the eReader company.
According to the company, the new device will be hitting the stores early August. Unfortunately, the pricing for the device is yet to be revealed.