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B&N and Samsung Launch New Nook Tablet

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:02am
Andrew Berg

NEW YORK - Barnes & Noble (B&N) Wednesday unveiled its new Nook tablet, the first of its products to be released since the company announced it would outsource its line of slates to Samsung. 

The new Nook is essentially a re-branded Galaxy Tab 4 that comes running Barnes & Noble’s Android overlay. 

B&N CEO Mike Huseby called the launch an “historic” day for his company, saying that he was very proud to be partnering with Samsung. 

Tim Baxter, president Of Samsung Electronics America, noted that the research firms are seeing a slow-down in tablets, but he also said that Samsung continues to see sales of its slate grow. He attributed that growth to Samsung's variety of sizes and choices. 

"We're applying that same strategy to our partnership with Barnes & Noble," Baxter said, during a presentation at Barnes & Noble's Union Square location in New York City. 

The device features 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 32GB), a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. 

The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook goes on sale today for $179 and includes $200 in free content, including some pre-selected books, TV shows and other media.

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