Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 8.9, Revamped 10.1
CREDIT: Samsung. Galaxy Tab 8.9.
ORLANDO, Fla. – The first major product announcement of CTIA Wireless conference occurred Tuesday with Samsung's unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, the company’s third Android tablet in the Galaxy Tab line.
The new Galaxy Tab 8.9 has an 8.9-inch touchscreen that’s smaller than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and about an inch smaller than the iPad). However, it's noticeably larger than the original Galaxy Tab, which has a 7-inch screen.
The design is very thin — thinner than the original iPad — and sleek, with a textured back and a relatively thin black bezel around the screen in front.
The recently revamped Galaxy Tab 10.1 is equally thin and attractive. Samsung meant what they said when they revealed the iPad 2 announcement caused them to improve the Galaxy Tab 10.1 .
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 tablets are remarkably similar (except for the 10.1-inch screen for the latter). Both have a 1 GHz dual-core processor, microSD card slots, 3 megapixel camera (with LED flash) in back and 2 megapixel camera in front. In addition, the tablets run Android Honeycomb with Samsung's own interface, called TouchWiz 4.0, overlaid.
There will be two versions of each tablet, a 16 GB version and a 32 GB version, that will come with Wi-Fi connectivity. There are also 4G versions in the works, but no official announcement was made about them yet.
In a break with tradition, Samsung announced U.S. availability and pricing first. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will cost $499 for 16 GB and $599 for 32 GB. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will cost $469 for 16 GB and $569 fort 32 GB.
A Samsung spokesperson noted that the 4G versions will be available soon, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will launch on June 8. The8.9 version will be ready sometime in summer.
"Though I can't talk about [4G versions] now, pricing will be very competitive," the Samsung spokesperson told TechNewsDaily.
It's clear that Samsung is looking to take on the iPad directly because the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab pricing is already competitive. In other words, the 10.1 pricing is the same as comparable Wi-Fi iPads, and the 8.9 is slightly less expensive.
This may be the first true contender against the iPad simply because it can match the price.
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