Galaxy Tab

We all know and love the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but many of us have been holding out for a WiFi only version.  The wait is over, as Samsung announced that they plan to make a WiFi only version available in the US during first quarter of 2011.  They give no clue on pricing, or availability, but I expect we'll see the 3G free version at major big box retailers some time in the near future, and with the prices of the 3G version dropping, let's hope Samsung can hit a sweet spot for the price point. 

We're seeing a lot of new tablets at CES already, and I can't help but think this would have been a better move on Samsung's part a few months ago.  We'll just have to wait and see how the other tablets match up in features, and more importantly -- if they get Google's blessing.  Read the full press release after the jump. [Samsung]

SAMSUNG MOBILE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING AVAILABILITY OF WIFI-ONLY SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB™ 

LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2010 -Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, today announced the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab™ will be available for purchase in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2011. 

The Galaxy Tab runs on Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) and features a 7-inch TFT display with 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution. The lightweight and sleek device weighs only 13 ounces, is 12 millimeters thin and easily fits in a jacket pocket or purse. The Galaxy Tab includes 16GB of internal storage and has microSD expansion for up to 32 GB of additional storage. The Tab also supports Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 to deliver an enhanced content experience with access to thousands of Web sites packed with complex Flash-based applications and content. The Galaxy Tab's Flash content support includes games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, video, music and more. The Galaxy Tab is also designed with a rear-facing 3 megapixel camera for taking pictures on-the-go, as well as a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and camcorder for video chat. 

"Samsung has always taken great pride in giving consumers the most choices when deciding which mobile device to make their own," said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. "The Galaxy Tab's compact and convenient design makes this device a true mobile tablet perfect for watching a movie, video chat, reading e-book content or emailing while on-the-move or relaxing at your home or office. We're very excited that the Galaxy Tab recently passed the 1.5 million global shipments milestone."

Powered by Android 2.2, the Galaxy Tab offers services like Google Maps™ with Navigation (Beta) and Google Goggles™, as well as access to more than 100,000 applications currently available for download on Android Market™. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone portfolio, the Galaxy Tab keep users connected with Samsung's Social Hub application. Social Hub works with the user's Messaging and Contacts to initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar ™and social networking services are merged into a single interface for easy organization.

Additional features of the Galaxy Tab include:
• Daily Briefing: Offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and schedules.
• Impressive Expandable Memory: Galaxy Tab can add 32 GB of external memory to store and manage your favorite video content and pictures.
• AllShare DLNA Technology: Take video or pictures shot with Galaxy Tab and send the original content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices (HDTVs, laptops, PC monitors, etc.)
• Document Viewer & Editor: Open and make changes to any Word, Excel, Powerpoint or PDF document
• 4,000 mAh Battery: Super-sized battery provides ample power to watch movies, share content and surf the Web


1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q3 2010 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Report. 

Android, Google Maps, Google Goggles, and Android Market are trademarks of Google, Inc.

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

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WiFi only Galaxy Tab in Q1 2011 says Samsung

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Too little too late. It is too small, too expensive, and has proprietary connectors. Plus Samsung seems to drag on updates. Still waiting for affordable, quality, wifi-only, Android 3.0 10" tablets.... shouldn't be too long now!

I think you are correct. Wifi only version needs to be bigger.

Wifi only is the couch computer. It isn't going very far, and does not have to be so portable. 10 inch sounds about right.

I think the delay on the wifi only version was smart because it got all the carriers involved in pushing the product. Now, with everyone and his dog coming out with a tab they have to come up with a wifi only version.

I think you are correct. Wifi only version needs to be bigger.

Wifi only is the couch computer. It isn't going very far, and does not have to be so portable. 10 inch sounds about right.

I think the delay on the wifi only version was smart initially, because it got all the carriers involved in pushing the product. Now, with everyone and his dog coming out with a tab they have to come up with a wifi only version.

Agreed. Honeycomb android just looks amazing and makes a tablet running anything less look like... a big phone without the service. Moto was totally right when they pointed out the fact in the teaser.

I keep thinking I'd like to get one of these. But as an owner of the Fascinate... And the well known issues with Samsung supporting their devices... I may have to buy from another vendor.

Way too little and way too late. They announce a WIFI only version of a 2 month old [2.2] tab the same day that Moto is highly suspected to announce a 3.0 tab. Sounds like a bit of a desperate yell before the rest of the big boys start rolling in.

As great as the tab is, it's completely outclassed already by everything that's been announced over the past few days. And we all know it won't get Honeycomb anytime soon, if at all (depends if you believe the spec reqs or not).

It's not too little too late if it makes it out early in this quarter.

Honeycomb buzz today means Honeycomb devices in March at the soonest. More likely Q2. That's a long ways off, and a long time to wait for the next best thing.

The Tab is a damned fine device right now, with 2.2, and a cheaper WiFi only version will also be a damned fine device now. It'll for sure get Gingerbread for a performance and functionality upgrade, even if the Honeycomb/dual core rumors are true.

Considering the rumor of the Xoom tablet being launched with the Super Bowl, that puts it at the beginning of next month. Sure, most HC tabs won't be out till Q2. But the GalTab is still underpowered when compared to everything else we've seen. It's going to need a major price drop to be even competitive IMHO.

This is a case where the price will make all the difference. If its $299 it would sell like hotcakes. Unfortunatly Samsung has shown they are going with ipad level pricing so we''ll be seeing $499 for the wifi only model just like the ipad. At that price I'm calling it a fail.

This will be interesting since Verizon and Sprint (as far as I know) have started selling this at the same price as an iPad with the same amount of storage for less money and without a contract. I think everyone knows this is an early Android tablet that won't be as cool as what is coming out this year.

There are a lot of ifs here but if the Samsung Galaxy Tab (SGT) ends up not being capable of running Honeycomb and all these other Android Tablets are announced at CES then I can't see much demand for any version of the SGT. I think its amazing how soon something as cool as this looked initially can seem old.

Too little too late. This tablet will be doa. There will be so many good tablets next year running in better hardware.

Personally, I like it. I'm gonna be keeping my eye on this and depending on what's out by the time this launches (and price point), I may pick one up.

After my problems with the Captivate, I'm not interested in Samsung products. And since this would be a play-gadget for me and not a must-have, I can wait a few months for the next best thing.