B&N releases Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook; pricing $179
We had reported Barnes & Noble’s plan to launch a Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet a while ago. It had already announced the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook and promised to launch it in the early August. Though it took the company a bit longer than expected to finally launch the device, the company has finally launched the device at Samsung’s Nook tablet event and is available on sale starting today. As a result of its poor performance in the market in the last few years, B&N had decided to completely drop its any effort to develop its own new Nook tablets instead, partnered with Samsung to co-brand its Galaxy Tab.
The new tablet is specially built for reading and optimized to work with Barnes & Noble services and eReader apps, thus comes with some of that Barnes & Noble flair and those who used the earlier Nook tablets could spot the similarities in here. The home-screen has widget showing recommended and recently read titles and don’t be surprised to see Barnes & Noble’s Nook store is the primary content source rather than Samsung’s hub or Play Store.
Ryan who works for the company said on the stage, Tab S is regarded as the “best viewing” tablet, whereas the Tab 4 NOOK is aimed to offer the best “reading experience.” And “It’s the first Android powered tablet optimized for reading.” But don’t forget that company had claimed the same about its other Nook devices.
The tablet doesn’t look that much larger than usual eReader as the tablet is original Galaxy Tab 4 7, with 7″ display. And to show this, the executive of the company showed tucking the tablet into his suit’s pocket.
And in terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab 4 7 is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A7-based system chip. and sports a 7” 1280 x 800-pixel display (pixel density comes in at the lowly 216ppi). And the device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
The main competitor to the Nooka Tablet is Amazon Kindle Fire HD with almost similar features and sells at $139, whereas the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is priced at $179. And the advantage you get for the price is complete access to Google Play store and a rich Android skin. However, B&N doesn’t want to keep the customers away, therefore, it has sweeten the deal with $200 worth of magazines for free and you will get 12 issues of your favorite four magazine. So are you going to get the Galaxy Tab 4 or getting a Kindle Fire HD?