Could it be a coincidence that the largest retail bookseller stateside practically took the wraps off the “next-generation reader’s tablet” at the same time as Kobo unveiled the premium Aura One e-book reader?

Probably not, but what leaves us scratching our heads in even more confusion is Barnes & Noble’s apparent broken promise from back March. It seems the Nook brand will live on at least a little while longer after all, with Samsung’s pivotal help, which had no problem letting B&N fork the already TouchWiz-skinned interface of yet another Galaxy slate.

This time, it’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 that’s getting the “Barnes & Noble at your fingertips” treatment, with default access to the New York-based company’s vast e-book library, best-selling magazines and newspapers just one tap away, B&N Readouts and other proprietary apps pre-installed.

Exactly like the Nook-tweaked versions of the Galaxy Tab S2, Tab E and Tab 4, the modified 7-inch Tab A carries identical internals to the standard model, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage and 4,000 mAh battery included.

The Galaxy Tab A Nook also runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out the box, sports 1,280 x 800 display resolution, and comes loaded with middling 5 and 2MP cameras, all for a list price of $140. “Existing Nook customers” looking for an upgrade can see that slashed to a measly $100, receiving a free additional $40-worth cover merely by showing proof of past Nook purchase. Not such a bad overall deal, huh?

Source: Business Wire

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