Android Tablet News:
Despite the announcement of its first Android tablet last month, Samsung has been coy about the most awaited information of the device: pricing.
Now a leak suggests the Galaxy Tab will be priced at $400 with a two-year contract on Sprint and $600 without a contract. The device could be available starting November 14 in the U.S., according to The Boy Genius Report site.
Samsung has said that the Galaxy Tab will be available on all the four major wireless service providers — AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The tablets include 3G and WiFi connectivity.
The pricing, if correct, will put the Galaxy Tab in an interesting position against the Apple iPad. A 16 GB version of the iPad costs $500 but a 3G data plan from AT&T is available on month-to-month and without a long-term contract.
The Galaxy Tab will be the first major Android tablet to hit the market. The device runs Android 2.2 Froyo operating system and has a 7-inch LCD display with a 1024 x 600 resolution. At 0.8 pounds, the device weighs just about half as much as the iPad. It also supports Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 so it can display web pages that run Flash — something the iPad can’t.
Samsung has said most apps in the Android Market will work on the Galaxy Tab. But already big news publishers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today are reportedly planning Android apps optimized for the Galaxy Tab.
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Photo: Samsung Galaxy Tab