Samsung Galaxy Tab to get WiFi only variety

For a month now, much of the hype in the mobile market has been around the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The company's goal with the tablet is to provide an Android 2.2 alternative to the Apple iPad, and create an environment which is arguably more free. Details reguarding the availability of the tablet were scarce at first with the exception that it was known to be available on cellular or mobile phone networks. Later on it was revealed that the Galaxy Tab would be coming to all of the major mobile networks, which was great, but what about the people who just wanted a tablet and no contract?

In a recent press conference by Samsung, according to Engadget, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be released in two flavours akin to the iPad; 3G + WiFi and WiFi only. The WiFi only version comes as huge news for those who wanted to pick up a tablet, but didn't opt for the Apple iPad and don't wish to have a contract to use the device.

Creating two varieites of the product will help Samsung gain all of the market that it possibly can. Apple's iPad is available with just WiFi or WiFi and 3G access via AT&T. Samsung will not only be competing on AT&T, but on every major mobile network and now in any location with WiFi access as well.

The pricing is not known for the WiFi only version, however the 3G plus WiFi version was said to be somewhere between $200 and $300, so it is safe to say this will be an economical alternative to the iPad, as well as other mobile devices.

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Amazon's current price of £680 for 3G and 16GB unit is far too high, you can get a 3G & 64GB iPad for about £80 more. I too would consider a Wi-Fi only version, but its has to be at the right price. November release date apparently.

If it really is that cheap, then I am going to seriously consider getting one. Would be cheaper and can do more than the iPad.

Tho, may wait to see what Viewsonics tab looks like come October....maybe.

It looks awesome! I can't wait to hold one and see how it compares side-by-side with an iPad. I've loved my iPad, and really like this form factor for on-the-couch internet and media consumption.

Glad a WiFi only model is being released.
Unless carriers let you have a single data plan for all 3/4G devices you have, I'm not interested.

Shiranui said,
Glad a WiFi only model is being released.
Unless carriers let you have a single data plan for all 3/4G devices you have, I'm not interested.

exactly!!!

david said,

So you don't own a cell phone?

i do and it is pre-paid. i even get a better deal on a pre-paid phone than with a carrier.
so now, how much is Apple iPad again??? oh wait, I forgot it is thinner too.
these companies need to get their facts straight, they either make a product which is cheaper than apple, better quality and with the same looks or simply people will not buy it.

mattbiernat said,

i do and it is pre-paid. i even get a better deal on a pre-paid phone than with a carrier.
so now, how much is Apple iPad again??? oh wait, I forgot it is thinner too.
these companies need to get their facts straight, they either make a product which is cheaper than apple, better quality and with the same looks or simply people will not buy it.

better quality and with the same looks

great so everybody will buy the Galaxy Pad...

kaffra said,
reading the title gave me the impression there was only the wifi model being launched

I thought exactly the same thing, but then I thought the kind of people who are likely to buy this probably have an android phone anyway and can turn it in to a mobile hotspot, so no problem

however the 3G plus WiFi version was said to be somewhere between $200 and $300

I say a price point of £799 posted here on Neowin?