Remember Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets? They didn’t fare so well against cheaper Android tablets and Amazon’s Kindle lineup, but the bookstore attempted to keep the family going with a co-branded Galaxy Tab 4 from Samsung. It didn’t do too well either, partly due to performance issues and partly because most people aren’t buying dedicated e-readers when their normal tablets can handle that job without any problems.
That’s not going to stop Barnes & Noble (or Samsung) from trying again. This time around, they’re working with a high-end Galaxy Tab S2 instead of a budget-friendly device, so performance issues should hopefully not be a problem with this tablet. The tablet will simply be called the Galaxy Tab S2 Nook and retails for the same price as the normal Galaxy Tab S2, but it’s preloaded with Nook software so you’ll have quick access to Barnes & Noble’s selection of content.
The Play Store is still present on this device, so it’s really just a Tab S2 with some incredibly small adjustments. Hard to say whether or not this will sell well next to the normal version, but if you’re planning on buying a powerful tablet for the sole purpose of reading books you bought from Barnes & Noble, it might be worth looking into.