As I predicted two weeks ago, Barnes & Noble has announced a new Nook device today.
Samsung and B&N have just launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook. This $400 tablet features an 8" screen and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. It's available today at Nook.com, and in B&N stores (just like I said it would be).
As you can see from the above image, the Galaxy Tab S2 Nook is in many ways an iPad Mini clone. The 8" screen has the same screen resolution as on the iPad Mini (1536 x 2048 pixels), and the Galaxy Tab S2 Nook also bears a more than superficial resemblance.
Under the hood, obviously, the difference are many. It runs not quite the latest version of Android on an 8-core CPU (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) with 3GB RAM. It has 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot, two cameras (2.1MP and 8MP), and a bevy of sensors.
This tablet packs in a 4Ah battery which is specced to last for up to 14 hours of video usage, and it also runs Samsung's special blend of software, including multi-window mode that is bound to increase productivity.
Samsung announced this tablet in July and is just beginning to ship it to retailers. That's both good news and bad news for B&N in that no one else has the tablet in stock, but it also means that B&N is competing with other retailers for the first rush of sales.
Best Buy, for example, has the original Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 in stock this week, and they're promoting the tablet by offering a $50 to $100 trade-in deal. Bring in your old tablet, and you can get a credit towards the new Galaxy Tab S2.
If I were in the market for a new premium-priced tablet, that is what I would go for.