Well, isn’t this an interesting turn of events? Samsung and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to introduce a version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.0 that will almost exclusively push Nook content. This is in stark contrast to Barnes & Noble’s previous strategy of manufacturing their own Android tablets for purposes of selling digital books.
Unlike Barnes & Noble’s own-built tablets, Samsung’s version will come with your typical TouchWiz experience and full access to Google Play to download whatever you want. The difference here will be the multitude of pre-installed Nook apps and widgets, as well as the inclusion of over $200 worth of content for free (which apparently includes books and shows like Freakonomics, The Wanderer, and I Am Number Four, and an episode each of three TV shows: HBO’s Veep, NBC Universal’s Hannibal, and BBC America’s Orphan Black.) To that end, it’s the same Galaxy Tab 4.0 we’ve come to know since launch. Here are its specs:
9.74 oz (276 g)
7-inch 1280 x 800 display
3 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
Battery lasts up to 10 hours of video3
1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
Expandable Memory with up to 32GB microSD™4
Built-in Wi Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Android 4.4 KitKat
Beyond that, it’s your run of the mill tablet and should be able to cover all the bases of what a tablet is capable of should you not need to run an intelligence network from it. The device is going from $179, and you can grab it from any Barnes & Noble store or from their website right here.