Sprint will sell Samsung's Galaxy Tab computer for $399 with a two-year contract beginning Nov. 14, said Boy Genius Report. The device will also be $599 without a contract.
Sprint will sell Samsung's Galaxy Tab computer for $399
with a two-year contract, or $599 without one beginning Nov. 14, according to
Boy Genius Report
Asked for confirmation of these details, a Sprint spokesman
did not illuminate the mystery, telling eWEEK Oct. 8: "Sprint has not
announced pricing or availability for Samsung Galaxy Tab."
the Galaxy Tab, equipped with a 7-inch screen and based on Android
2.2, Sept. 16 in a show in New York City. The device is intended as the
Android-based alternative to Apple's
popular iPad, which has sold
as many as 10 million iPads.
The device's touch screen offers 1,024-by-600 resolution, is
powered by a 1 GHz processor and comes with 16GB of internal memory,
expandable to 32GB of external memory. The Wall Street Journal said
Oct. 8 it, along with The New York Times and Gannett, are building apps to
showcase their news content on the Galaxy Tab.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all pledged
to support the tablet computer, which seems par for the course given that each
carrier makes its own iteration of the Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone.
However, none of the carriers announced availability and
pricing for the Galaxy Tab. Speculation has reigned that the Galaxy Tab would
cost $200 to $300 in the United States; the tablet sells
for $1,000 to $1,250 in the U.K. and Europe.
While a starting U.S. price point of $399 is higher than
Samsung led people to expect, it may be a bit more attractive for
considering an iPad, which starts at $499 for the WiFi-only model and
scales to more than $1,000 for 3G/WiFi capability with 64GB of memory
Some users who have a psychological barrier to shelling
out $500 for a newfangled computer for Web surfing may pick the Galaxy Tab over
Of course, it also may just come down to whether the user
likes the look and feel of the Galaxy Tab, which is smaller than
the iPad, as well as how they feel about the Android platform versus Apple's
Android OS has been gobbling market share
at the expense of Research In Motion, Windows Mobile, and
to a lesser degree, iOS, according to the latest August numbers from comScore.
Meanwhile, Android tablet makers are amassing. In
addition to Samsung, Archos, LG, Dell and Lenovo all either offer or will offer
Android machines. RIM is bringing
its Playbook to market with an enterprise focus.