SAMSUNG AND BARNES & NOBLE announced the co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook on Thursday, a 7in tablet designed for reading e-books.
In an effort to reignite sales of its Nook devices, which have been struggling, and to up its game against market leader Amazon, Barnes & Noble has looked to Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will be the first fruits of the firms' partership, and is a customised version of the 7in Android tablet. With Microsoft paying $300m for a slice of Barnes & Noble's e-book subsidary, it now owns a stake in yet another Android device.
The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook comes with custom software from Barnes & Noble which gives users quick access to its "expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers".
Beyond that, there's little information as to what we can expect from the customised tablet. However, we're guessing that the original Galaxy Tab 4's specifications will remain unchanged, which means buyers will likely find a 7in 1280x800 touchscreen, dual 3MP and 1.3MP cameras, up to 32GB of expandable internal storage and a quad-core processor under the bonnet.
Barnes & Noble CEO Michael Huseby said, "We are very excited and proud to partner with Samsung, a world-class technology and tablet leader, to create customized co-branded devices featuring our valuable Nook reading experience and digital content catalog for Barnes & Noble customers nationwide."
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will be available in the US from early August, although there's no word on worldwide availability yet. The firms have yet to announce pricing either, although Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 presently retails for $199. µ
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