Samsung Galaxy Tab prices announced by Carphone Warehouse
Thanks to avid Bitterwallet reader Steve for tipping us off about Carphone Warehouse announcing prices for Samsung's first foray into the tablet PC market - the Galaxy Tab. The 7" tablet is launching on 1st November and is powered by Android 2.2 OS, with full access to the Android Market, support for Flash and front and rear-facing cameras.
Having initially asked £800 for the tablet when the product was launched in September, Samsung then reduced the price to £600, and ever since everyone has been waiting to see how much lower retailer subsidies could knock the Galaxy Tab. The answer? A little, but not much.
Carphone Warehouse will be selling the Galaxy Tab for £529.99 - the same price as an iPad 3G - or £499.99 when taking out a £10 contract on a 30 day rolling contract. That tariff allows for 1GB of data every month, and the first month is free.
£500 still feels too steep for a new product aimed at mainstream consumers in a space already dominated by Apple. Yes, it's suited and booted with key features the iPad should have but doesn't, but that's not going to be enough to combat the might of Apple's marketing juggernaut - although it may be a slice of the market Samsung can truly dominate, since Steve Jobs doesn't seem keen in similar-sized devices.