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Barnes & Noble announces Galaxy Tab A NOOK built by Samsung

by Todd Haselton | August 18, 2016

Barnes & Noble announced a new NOOK tablet on Wednesday, the Galaxy Tab A NOOK. It’s the latest product built by Samsung, which has been developing Barnes & Noble’s NOOK tablets for the past several years.

The Galaxy Tab A NOOK features many of the specs of the existing Galaxy Tab A, but it is powered by Barnes & Noble’s custom software that provides quick and easy access to more than 4 million books, 80,000 audiobooks,  graphic novels, newspapers and magazines and more. The Tab A NOOK is built on Android 5.1 and provides full access to the Google Play Store, which gives it a leg-up on Amazon’s products. It features a 7-inch display, an FM radio, GPS and a few other tricks up its sleeve, though it’s primarily designed to serve as a media consumption device.

For most folks, the vanilla Galaxy Tab A, now more than a year old, is probably the better bet, but consumers who are already invested in the Barnes & Noble ecosystem, or who want a very simple tablet, may find this attractive, too.

The Galaxy Tab A NOOK is available today online and in stores for $139.99. Folks who own previous NOOK by Samsung devices can grab the device for just $99 if they prove they already own a NOOK device, or want to trade theirs in.


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...