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Samsung's Nook tablet now comes in larger, 10-inch size for $299

Samsung's Nook tablet now comes in larger, 10-inch size for $299

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble today announced a bigger, 10.1-inch version of their Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, priced at $299.99. It's available starting today in black. Despite carrying a larger display, the new Android Nook tablet still features a resolution of 1280x800, so going bigger means you'll be sacrificing on pixel density and sharpness a bit with a lowly ppi of 149. But opting for the 10.1 Nook does come with at least one benefit: the microSD storage slot accepts cards up to 64GB on this model, whereas the 7-inch version maxes out at 32GB. There's also been a slight change inside, with the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 borrowing the same 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor that shipped in the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 earlier this year.

But those are really the only hardware differences between the two sizes — at least from what we can tell by glancing at this comparison chart. 10.1-inch Nook buyers will be first to use Samsung's latest software for the tablets. The update, which will roll out to 7-inch models next month, promises a "cleaner visual design" and more immersive shopping experience. You'll also get what Barnes & Noble claims amounts to $200 worth of free bonus content, including ebooks, free episodes of HBO shows including The Newsroom, and digital magazine trials. There are almost definitely better tablets out there for the price, but keep in mind that Barnes & Noble lets you access Google Play. Going with one of Amazon's Fire tablets means you're limited to the company's own (smaller) ecosystem