As expected, Samsung and Barnes & Noble have jointly unveiled the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK at a press event in New York, US. The Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK comes preloaded with NOOK Store to enable e-reading experience on the Android tablet. The tablet will be available in US with a price tag of $179.
On announcing the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, Tim Baxter, President of Samsung Electronics America, said:
“We’ve taken our bestselling Samsung Galaxy tablet and made it the best tablet available for reading and entertainment. We are excited to bring the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK to customers through Barnes & Noble’s bookstores nationwide.”
Samsung is all-set to compete with Amazon Kindle Fire series tablets in the US using its Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. In this regard, the tablet preloaded with NOOK Store which will allow users to access over 3 million e-books. Alongside NOOK Store, there are Google services available including pre-installed Google Chrome, Play Store and Gmail to provide native Android experience.
Commenting on the partnership, Michael P. Huseby, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, said:
“The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is the most advanced NOOK ever, delivering the great NOOK experience our customers have come to love, with the high-performance tablet features they’ve asked for. We invite reading and entertainment fans to visit their local Barnes & Noble store to experience the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. Once they do, we’re certain they will make this innovative device part of their daily routine.”
On the part of specifications, the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, being as a tweaked version of the original Galaxy Tab 4, features a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. There is a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under the hood along with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB expandable storage. Lastly, the tablet has a 3-megapixel camera sensor on the rear while a 1.3-megapixel camera sensor on the front.
Apart from the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, Huseby states that Barnes & Noble will continue to support all NOOK devices. He additionally revealed that the new device would be sold alongside the popular NOOK GlowLight eReader.