Samsung rolls out $179 Nook-branded Galaxy Tab

Samsung rolls out $179 Nook-branded Galaxy Tab

Summary: Although it's 'optimized' for reading, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is basically a rebranded version of Samsung’s existing Galaxy Tab 4, complete with all the same hardware specs.

TOPICS: Tablets, Samsung
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Samsung president Tim Baxter and B&N CEO Mike Huseby

Samsung and Barnes & Noble on Wednesday unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch co-branded tablet that the companies say is the first-ever full-featured Android tablet optimized for reading.

The $179 tablet, which is basically a rebranded version of Samsung's existing Galaxy Tab 4 complete with all the same hardware specs, is available starting today both online and in Barnes & Noble bookstores.

"We've taken our bestselling Samsung Galaxy tablet and made it the best tablet available for reading and entertainment," said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, in a prepared statement. 

There are a few features that differentiate the device from its parent tablet, however. Users will find a Nook Newstand preinstalled with a digital collection of magazines, as well as a range of Nook apps and, of course, access to Barnes & Noble's collection of more than 3 million books.

Barnes & Noble is also giving new Samsung 4 Nook customers $200 worth of free reading and entertainment content, which includes three free eBooks, three free TV show episodes, and up to four 14-day free-trial subscriptions from a selection of magazines.

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Barnes & Noble CEO Michael Huseby said the tablet is a response to demands from Nook owners, who wanted an all-in-one device for reading, Web browsing, video watching and app usage.

"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," Huseby said in a statement. "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."

Huseby said Barnes & Noble will continue to support existing Nook devices, such as the Nook GlowLight eReader. 

The bookseller began releasing its eReader tablets in 2012, but has struggled to keep the line alive as slow sales of the devices plagued the company's quarterly earnings reports. Barnes & Noble finally announced during its June earnings report that it would spin off the struggling Nook business, after it had outlined plans to relocate the Nook unit into smaller facilities to save money.

Topics: Tablets, Samsung

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  • I thought MS had invested in B&N

    to put out some windows tablet/reader. Then suddenly they put out a samsung one. I guess that "investment" was just "hush money" as B&N was challenging the MS patents.
    • It's not just B & N and Samsung teaming up

      B & N has recently teamed up with Google for same day book delivery:
      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • Team Up or Dump

        Maybe Samsung found a way to dump a lot tablets. Reading how well they are doing lately in the world market I will bet they had a lot of left over WiFi only tablets they need to get rid of. At the same time it fill B&N's gapping hole in the Nook market. It allowed them to provide a much more power product than the one it currently had. It greatly expanded there video abilities.

        I am not knocking the Galaxy Tab 4 it is a good product by itself. It had no app or function that it targeted like Amazon Fire's. I just see no point in it with out a phone access. It looks to me like this is a win-win for both parties.

        By the way, anyone what to buy an old Nook? The only problem with it is the dust on it weighs more than the tablet. Some text books are actually better formatted on the Nook than Amazon ones. Much better. I need some money to by a new Samsung/Nook.
    • Hush money doesn't but a portion of a company

      When you are forced to sell a portion of your company to end a patent dispute, you have lost the fight. Microsoft doesn't own the Nook business and could probably care less about the Nook brand name. They have access to B&N digital content, college stores and made sure no one else can come in and buy B&N without their involvement.

      Still, no one should be surprised if MS ends up wasting potential of any deal they are in. Microsoft has a way of making such mistakes.
      • Huh?

        B & N gained a new business partner along with $300 million U.S. in cash. KaChing!!!
        Rabid Howler Monkey
        • Try following the conversation

          B&N wasn't out looking for a business partner. They were fighting Microsofts patent claims.

          The end result is B&N sold part of their business to Microsoft.

          That is not a victory what a victory looks like when fighting "empty" patent claims.

          That is not how a struggling company shops around for partnerships or negotiates financial assistance on their terms.

          I think Microsoft got exactly what they wanted, but I doubt they will utilize it well.

          End result B&N lost.
  • Good news

    I'm happy to see B&N still in the fight. Competition is a good thing and with this tablet you have the freedom to install apps from Google Play, including the Kindle app. That's been a sticking point for me as I have books from both companies.