News by Luke Jones on Saturday August 16, 2014.
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Samsung has added its considerable weight to the e-reader market and given one of its struggling giants a huge lift and a chance at rejuvenation. The Korean giant recently announced that it would team up with Nook from Barnes & Noble (B&R spun Nook off as a separate entity in June) for a series of new slates, the first of which is now being teased.When Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced their partnership back in June, it could hardly have come at a better time for the beleaguered Nook e-reader company. Of course B&R is the biggest book retailer in the United States, but its digital content has suffered because the Nook has failed to be a sales success. Like many other companies in this niche, the Nook has suffered from the sizeable presence of Amazon and its Kindle e-reader range, leading to B&R spinning the Nook brand off. Samsung joining the party and coming to Nook's aid has put one of the biggest names in the mobile industry and the biggest selling brand right up against Amazon. It is the kind of shot in the arm Nook needed and Amazon will be watching the next few months with keen interest. Whether the Samsung/Nook collaboration can make a significant dent in this market remains to be seen, but having Samsung on board can only help. The first fruit of the partnership is the Galaxy Tab 4, a device that will feature the Nook software but will be all Samsung hardware. It is telling that the companies decided to go with Samsung's Tab branding, a sensible move as Samsung is the second biggest selling slate vendor in the world and has the market grab that Nook was failing to get. The link up can hardly hurt Samsung too, giving the Korean giant a presence in the e-reader market. In terms of specs, the Tab 4 sports a 7" TFT display with WXGA resolution (no word on whether its backlit, but we presume so), 1.5GB of RAM with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage that we hope is expandable, and a Li-Po 4,000 mAh battery. There is no confirmation on launch dates of price just yet, but we imagine the Tab 4 will arrive just in time to take advantage of the Holiday Season and should be competitively priced. source: Talk Android
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