It’s no secret the B&N co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab NOOK was coming today, so the time has arrived for the two companies to lift the veil off it.
The device will start selling immediately and can be grabbed for the price of $179 / €135, which is actually the result of an instant $20 / €15 rebate. Therefore, you should expect the slate to sell for more after the promotion time ends.
The tablet is no more, no less the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 which was launched a while back. The difference is B&N smeared some of its services on top of this average device, including the NOOK app, NOOK Newsstand and NOOK Video.
Furthermore, you’ll have the pleasure of discovering a bunch of NOOK apps and B&N own app store. Interestingly enough, you’ll also be allowed access to the Google Play Store, so there’s no one stopping you from installing the Kindle app on your tab too.
But that’s not all: to sweeten the deal to the maximum, B&N is willing to throw in $200 / €151 worth of content, which translates into a bunch of books, one episode each of Veep, Hannibal and Orphan Black and a trial subscription to some magazines will be added to the bundle.
The tablet will be sold both in black and white with just 8GB of internal storage, but it remains to be seen if B&N efforts will be enough to bring customers through its doors.
At least, you’ll be able to get this tablet/eReader combo for a cheaper price than the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX which sells for $229 / €171.
The caveat is the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK are way lower than the Kindle Fire HDX’s.
To remind you, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 arrives with an LCD display boasting 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and is pumped to life by a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU fitted with 1.5GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and offers the services of two cameras (3MP on the back and 1.3MP in front).
On the other hand, the Kindle Fire HDX comes with a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor fitted with 2GB of RAM. The operating system is a tweaked version of Android 4.2, as the device has been designed around Amazon’s own services.
Anyway, apart from launching the Galaxy Tab NOOK, B&N also said it has plans to continue the sale of the Nook GlowLight eReader, along the Samsung tablet.