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Barnes & Noble now has a rebranded Galaxy Tab 4 in its arsenal

Microsoft may have secured a $1 billion interest in Nook Media LLC last year, but it is Samsung that is partnering with Barnes & Noble for a new Nook-centric tablet. Samsung Electronics and Barnes & Noble, Inc. today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.
 
This largely looks to be a branding exercise as what we essentially have here is a 7” Galaxy Tab 4 tablet, which includes a 1280x800 display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, microSD slot, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.4 KitKat. The only big change appears to be that the tablet comes preloaded with Nook software, and will be made available in Barnes & Noble stores and via its website.
 
Barnes & Noble also noted that the partnership with Samsung would enable the company to “reduce its exposure to the substantial cost structure and other financial commitments that accompany ownership of the hardware production aspects of the NOOK tablet business.” That makes sense considering that Barnes & Noble announced in June of 2013 that it planned to leave tablet design and manufacturing to third-party companies.
 
The standard Galaxy Tab 4 tablet sells for $199, yet Barnes & Noble has given us no indication about pricing for the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, but it will be released in August.
 
Somehow we doubt that Amazon will be losing any sleep over this latest partnership, as its line of Kindle Fire tablets are part of the reason why Barnes & Noble’s tablet business crumbled.

Source: Barnes & Noble



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RE: RIP Nook
By Flunk on 6/5/2014 1:19:47 PM , Rating: 0
Yes, badge-engineered products have a great history of selling well...

Oh wait, they don't.


RE: RIP Nook
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/5/2014 1:24:40 PM , Rating: 2
Tell that to GMC/Denali ;)


RE: RIP Nook
By Reclaimer77 on 6/5/2014 1:28:07 PM , Rating: 2
Uhhh pretty much all of our electronics are "badge-engineered" if you think about it.

Does the iPhone have FOXCONN stamped on it anywhere?


RE: RIP Nook
By retrospooty on 6/5/2014 1:30:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... There are very few exceptions to that anymore. HTC, Samsung and I thing Asus make most of their own stuff. Most others contract out most or all of their manufacturing.


RE: RIP Nook
By Reclaimer77 on 6/5/2014 2:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
Appliances are the same way. You might have 30 different brands, but they're ALL made by the same two or three manufacturers.


RE: RIP Nook
By Solandri on 6/5/2014 2:53:05 PM , Rating: 3
Asus is a brand name now. They spun off their design and manufacturing to Pegatron (too many brand names which used Asus for manufacturing complained).

For laptops, I get the impression that they still use Pegatron for most of their design and manufacturing. But they do sell a few models made by other ODMs. Here's a list of the ODMs in the laptop market BTW (yes, the Macbooks are made by Quanta, not Apple).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_laptop_brands...


RE: RIP Nook
By retrospooty on 6/5/2014 3:32:22 PM , Rating: 2
"Asus is a brand name now. They spun off their design and manufacturing to Pegatron"

That's right... I remember that now that you mentioned it. There are fewer and fewer all the time.


RE: RIP Nook
By retrospooty on 6/5/2014 1:28:26 PM , Rating: 2
I am not sure what you mean. The original Nooks and Nook HD didnt really sell too well until they WAY dropped the price... but they were underpowered. Anyhow, this new one isnt any different other than its sharing branding with the OEM (Samsung). B&N is a retail outlet, anything they have ever had it rebadged.


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