Samsung Galaxy Tab, the company's Apple iPad competitor, could be priced anywhere from $200 to more than $1,000, according to leaks. That raises questions about Samsung's tablet strategy.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab, one of the first Android-powered tablets to challenge
the Apple iPad, will be priced at $200. Or it could be $400. Or even a cool
$1,000, if you choose to buy the carrier-unlocked version.
In other words, pricing information for the device has begun to leak
online-much of it contradictory. The Wall Street Journal, for example,
paraphrased Samsung executive Hankil Yoon as saying the
Galaxy Tab would "likely" retail between $200 and $300
United States, after carriers' contract-related subsidies. But the German
version of Amazon.com
currently lists the Galaxy Tab for 799 euro, or
roughly $1,000, which is decidedly more expensive than most versions of the
Twitter feed for European carrier O2
suggested that 799-euro
price-point-instead of being an up-front cost-would consist of a 99-euro
deposit followed by a 27.50-euro monthly payment.
Just to make things a little more interesting, tech
linked Sept. 2 to the British shopping Website Expansys, which lists the Galaxy Tab at a
wallet-busting 679.99 pounds sterling
, or $1,040.99.
Unveiled Sept. 2 at the IFA 2010 consumer electronics show in Berlin, the
Galaxy Tab features a TFT-LCD 7-inch screen and a Cortex A8 1GHz processor,
paired with Google Android 2.2. The device will be launched across Europe
in mid-September, according to reports, with
a U.S. unveiling rumored for Sept. 16 in New York City
The Galaxy Tab will come standard with 16GB of internal memory, scalable to
32GB of external memory. That contrasts with the iPad, which offers 16GB, 32GB
and 64GB versions. Both Samsung and Apple support WiFi and 3G connectivity,
with AT&T providing the latter for the iPad. Blogs such as Boy
Genius Report have suggested that Verizon will be the U.S. carrier for the
The question remains whether the U.S.
pricing for the device will follow European trends or try to undercut the iPad's
price. Samsung could also conceivably offer a more expensive unlocked Galaxy
Tab, in addition to a cheaper carrier-subsidized device.
The other Android-based competitor in the space, the Dell Streak, sells for
$299 with a two-year AT&T contract, and $549.99 unlocked. Other
manufacturers are also reportedly preparing their own tablets, including
Hewlett-Packard with a Palm WebOS device and Research In Motion with a BlackBerry-based
one. Microsoft has been very public with its intentions to port Windows 7 onto
tablets within the next few quarters.
price point for the Galaxy Tab may prove the deciding factor in how it fares
against not only the iPad, but those upcoming tablets.