Samsung Galaxy Tab, among the first Android-powered tablet computers, has been listed on Amazon UK for the equivalent of more than $1,000. But what will the Samsung Galaxy Tab cost here in the states?
On Thursday, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab – its long-awaited, Android-powered tablet computer – will be available via four wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. That gives the Samsung Galaxy Tab a huge leg-up over the Apple iPad, which is only available via AT&T. Not that the Galaxy Tab needed it.
From top to bottom, this is a high-powered machine. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab will feature a 7-inch display, front- and rear-facing cameras, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Flash 10.1 support, the "Media Hub" content platform, and Android 2.2, the latest iteration of Google's Android operating system. So far, so good.
Well, not so fast. Samsung has not yet said when exactly the Tab will be released, nor how much it will cost, and yesterday, several bloggers began linking to Amazon UK, where a 16GB Galaxy Tab was selling for the equivalent of $1067. The news quickly zipped around the Web, leaving panic in its wake: a $1,000 price-tag would put the machine out of reach of many consumers.