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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A is now a Barnes & Noble Nook ebook reader

Samsung has been converting a handful of its Galaxy tablets into Barnes & Noble Nooks for some time, and now there’s a new device to add to the list — the Samsung Galaxy Tab A Nook.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Samsung announced a tablet of the same name in April 2015 — but the Nook edition doesn’t have the same specs or the same look. The Galaxy Tab A Nook offers a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels on its 7-inch display, so it’s slightly smaller but has a marginally higher resolution. The device is narrower, and is available in black — apart from that, it looks like an average Samsung tablet with a home button and two capacitive buttons.

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Barnes & Noble says this Nook is powered by a quad-core T-Shark 2A processor, and it’s packed with 1.5GB of RAM. The retailer says the Tab A Nook’s 4,000mAh battery should last about 11 hours, though the real-life performance is likely to be a little under that figure. It also only comes with 8GB of storage, but thanks to a MicroSD slot, you’ll be able to add up to an additional 200GB.

The Galaxy Tab A Nook charges via MicroUSB, has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a GPS sensor, and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, as well as a rear 5-megapixel camera.

Despite the slight bump in resolution, spec-wise the Galaxy Tab A Nook seems like a downgrade from last year’s Samsung tablet — especially when it comes to internal storage — the Tab A started at 16GB. The Nook edition also only runs Android 5.1, an outdated version of Google’s operating system.

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Of course, what makes the Nook edition different is that you get access to the Barnes & Noble Nook books library via Nook’s software. You’ll be able to create up to six family profiles so everyone can have a different experience, and B&N Readouts offers a daily selection of “quick reads.” Nook Audiobooks will come to the device in September through a software update.

The device costs $140 and is available at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, or online at the retailer’s website. If you’re an existing Nook customer, you’ll get a discounted price of $100 after showing proof of purchase of any Nook device. If you’re a Barnes & Noble member, you can get a free cover for the device that usually retails for $40.

The latest addition is one of the smallest Samsung Nook tablets available right now — it sits below the 8-inch Tab S2 Nook, and the 9.6-inch Tab E Nook. Of course, there’s still the Nook Glowlight Plus if you only want an ebook reader.