Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Samsung brings fight to iPad 2 with aggressive new Galaxy Tab pricing

Samsung brings fight to iPad 2 with aggressive new Galaxy Tab pricing

Samsung has officially priced and dated its new Galaxy Tab models, and it seems the company may be the first Android tablet manufacturer to actually compete with the iPad/iPad 2 on sticker price. With a $499 entry-price for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi, matching the baseline for the iPad 2, and the promise of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 actually undercutting the Apple slate by $30, we may for once be looking at a more level playing field for tablet consumers.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 official

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 official

As we expected, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9, its 8.9-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate that slots in-between the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the larger Galaxy Tab 10.1 which also makes its US debut at CTIA 2011 this week. Billed as the "world's thinnest mobile tablets" at 8.6mm thick - the iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick, for comparison - the Galaxy Tab 8.9 tips the scales at 470g but still has a 1280 x 800 touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core processor and twin cameras. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been back into the engineering labs since we saw it in Barcelona last month, shedding some bulk to better compete with the iPad 2.

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GALAXY Tab 10.1 & 8.9 Hands-on [CTIA 2011]

GALAXY Tab 10.1 & 8.9 Hands-on [CTIA 2011]

It's hard to argue with the fact that the iPad 2 sent Samsung rushing back to the lab to try to squeeze some bulk out of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but then it's also clear that both the 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 slates are appealing hardware in their own right. Each slimmer and lighter than the second-gen Apple, they're as close to Star Trek style sci-fi tablets as we've seen so far, making Motorola's XOOM look fat in comparison.

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