Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab, but how much will it cost?

2 September 2010

At the IFA in Berlin this morning - a big ol' electronics and gadgets fair that showcases new products - Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Tab, their high profile tablet PC.

Actually, it's difficult to say whether it's a tablet or an oversized phone. It has a 7 inch screen, runs on Android 2.2 and is 3G capable, so it's creating a curious sub-market inbetween large screen smartphones and iPad-sized tablets.

It's available in two flavours - 16GB or 32GB, which is expandable by 32GB more. Connectivity allows for 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth, and the device also supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1. It also serves up front and rear-facing cameras - functionality that Apple should have included in the iPad from day one.

Bitterwallet - Samsung Galaxy Tab

Vodafone (shudder) have already confirmed they will be European distributors for the Galaxy Tab from October - the only question now is price.

A 9.7 inch 3G iPad weights in at £529, a 5 inch Dell Streak is £449, but if Samsung attempts a price point between the two, it's unlikely to establish the company as the market leader it clearly wants to be. Without Apple's dominence in the market, the Dell Streak hasn't managed any traction; if Samsung want to be first choice for tablets - and they've plans for plenty more products in the coming months - they probably need to be aiming for below £400, otherwise mainstream consumers are unlikely to look beyond their shiny iPads.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Gadgets

16 comments

  • Nobby
    Who cares? This is shit. It is not an apple.
  • Wonky H.
    It's not even a picture of an apple, or even an Apple. Any idea on battery life, because that has got to be the deal breaker.
  • James D.
    What's the point?
  • Brian's U.
    oh dear. do we really need a tablet device in the first place?
  • Late
    They're making a seven inch tablet? I find that hard to swallow.
  • Darren
    @Nobby. Even products made by Apple are not Apples. but Idiots buy them... lmao.
  • The B.
    The battery is huge (4000mAh, the reckon 7 hours of movies), no idea on life because Android seems to suck up battery like it's going out of fashion. The full spec is here: http://galaxytab.samsungmobile.com/
  • IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGayIsGay
    I like it, if I saw one I would definately steal it.
  • Gadget 4.
    @Darren - I believe the correct terminology is "iDiots".
  • christian
    Slag off Apple all you want but the fact is all other companies are trying to replicate Apple products but just end up a much poorer version. What does this Samsung look like? Oh yeah a small iPad. I don't like the limits Apple put on their products (i.e Flash) but their products and software are superior to anything else.
  • Darren
    @chrustuan Please get the wording right, Apples products LOOK superior to anything else, but the spec's are not always as good any more!
  • Mr G.
    Vodafone - dealbreaker. FAIL, Samsung
  • Paul T.
    Simple explination, Steve Jobs thinks "Hmmn, people like the ipod, they like the iphone, lets make a big one and charge ludicrous money to get one" "BOOM here come the profits" Steve Jobs is only good at one thing, understanding how stupid Joe Bloggs is!!!
  • PokeHerPete
    Voted cold, you can get a pack of 16 paracetamol TABLETS for 19p
  • dunfyboy
    Hmm. An ipad restricted by crapple's software or a galaxy tab crippled by Vodafone's firmware? Neither please.
  • tilly w.
    hahahahahaaaaaahahahahaaa... NO ITS ALL ABOUT THE PEACHES

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