Samsung Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab Priced at $350
One more tablet has entered the (very) short list of tablets that sells for less than $500. Samsung has confirmed that its 7-inch Galaxy Tab Android tablet will be available for $350.
"We are excited to have the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab join our growing portfolio of Galaxy-branded devices," said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, in a statement.
This version of the Galaxy Tab will be available on April 10.
Until now, the Galaxy Tab has only been available in a 3G version that only dips below the $500 mark with a two-year data contract with a 3G provider. The Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab will offer more options to people who don't want to be tied to a data contract.
While the Galaxy Tab only has a 7-inch display (compared to the 10-inch iPad), the price is significantly lower than the cheapest Wi-Fi-only iPad ($500) and comes with twice the storage (32GB vs. the iPad's 16GB). It runs Android 2.2 and has Flash support, something the iPad still can't say.
The Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab joins with a small but growing number of tablets that have only recently begun to underprice the iPad. This includes the ASUS Transformer tablet , as well as the Galaxy Tab's upcoming larger sibling, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 , both of which run the more recent Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. Because the Android tablet app ecosystem can't even begin to compete with the iPad apps for the near future (especially for Honeycomb tablets), undercutting the iPad's price will become increasingly important for manufacturers.