Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Thursday June 05, 2014.
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Barnes & Noble waved the white flag nearly one year ago when the company announced it would no longer manufacture NOOK devices. The NOOK is now a Galaxy product as Barnes & Noble has partnered with Samsung to co-develop the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. Though it may be confused with other Samsung Galaxy tablets, of which there are many, the G 4 Tab NOOK is a familiar piece of hardware made by Samsung that just so happens to run Barnes & Noble's custom Android-based NOOK software.
It's presently hard to pinpoint how far the differences extend because both companies are extremely light on details at this point. The most noteworthy part of the message Samsung sent to us states:
"The co-branded devices will combine popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized NOOK software to give customers powerful, full-featured tablets that are designed for reading, with easy access to Barnes & Noble?s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers."
Based on that language, this device should theoretically have the same specifications as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. That would point to a 7-inch display with 1280x800 resolution, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM, 64GB microSD, and a 4,000 mAh battery. It will have Barnes & Noble's suite of ereading apps installed, but other software options remain unclear.
Samsung and Barnes & Noble will have the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK available in stores beginning in August. Pricing information is not yet known.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.