When the largest retail bookseller in the United States first sought the help of the market-leading Android device manufacturer last year, many analysts and mobile consumers rushed to deem the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook DOA.
But the ultra-low-cost 7-incher must have done something right, boosting Barnes & Noble’s industry relevance, since Samsung recently green-lit external software modifications on an additional two of its pads.
B&N has also grown bolder regarding the target audience it caters to with GTabs skinned around its proprietary app store and media ecosystem, charging $400 for a high-end Galaxy Tab S2 Nook, and now, $250 for a mid-range Tab E Nook.
Interestingly, the Android TouchWiz flavored Wi-Fi-only version of the 9.6-inch Galaxy Tab E isn’t available stateside, while Verizon has debuted an LTE-enabled configuration just a couple of weeks ago.
In Asia, the non-Nook Tab E goes for the rough equivalent of $225, and all these marginally different models have a 1,280 x 800 pix res screen, quad-core 1.3 GHz CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 5 and 2MP cameras, 16GB internal storage, and microSD support in common.
Barnes & Noble promises its Galaxy Tab E edition will keep the lights on for up to 12 hours of continuous video play, which seems a little inflated, and besides Nook services and Android fundamentals, you’ll get Microsoft’s “full suite” of Office apps as well.
If you hurry, and trade in old Nooks, iPads, Kindles, or Samsung devices by November 8, you may also qualify for a discount of between $25 and $200.