One of the more surprising gadgets in Samsung’s pipeline, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, was announced out of nowhere in June with little fanfare and virtually no details on things like pricing or specifications. All Sammy revealed was that the slate would be a weird cross between a standard Galaxy Tab 4 and Barnes & Noble Nook, and its US ETA was early August.
As it turns out, Samsung has a fairly loose definition of the word “early,” since the Tab 4 Nook is nowhere to be seen in stateside stores, and August 20 will bring a second announcement and, hopefully, further detailing of the low-end Android.
Unlikely partners Samsung and Barnes & Noble shall showcase and demo the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook in New York in 12 days, although the exact commercial launch date remains up in the air. It’s possible the seven-incher will go on sale right as the press conference concludes, but we’d rather wait for confirmation before jumping to conclusions.
No doubt running a heavily forked version of Android, with customized Nook software and access to Barnes & Noble digital content rather than Google’s Play Store or Amazon’s Appstore and library, the first ever GTab/Nook hybrid should highly resemble the base Tab 4 7.0 from a hardware standpoint.
Thus, a quad-core 1.2 GHz chip, 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution display, 1.5 GB RAM, 8/16 GB storage options and modest 3.15/1.3 MP cameras are in the cards. Ugh, why isn’t B&N just throwing in the towel already?