Samsung to launch Galaxy Tab 8.9 on Sunday

Even as Amazon announced its 7 inch Kindle Fire tablet device for $199 today, other companies continue to announce their own tablets but at much higher prices. This week Samsung announced that it is now taking pre-orders for its new Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet. It's the newest member of the Galaxy Tab family that has seen both 7 inch and 10.1 inch models released. This new Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet will go on sale on Sunday, October 2.

The tablet will have a WiFi only wireless connection; there's no word yet if there will be a 3G or 4G version coming. Both models will run Android 3.1 and both also have a dual-core processor, a three megapixel rear camera with flash and a two megapixel front facing camera. The 16 GB version will sell for $469 while the 32 GB version will have a $569 price tag. Samsung previously announced a new 7.7 inch version of the Galaxy Tab but so far there's no word on when it will be sold here in the US.

Samsung also announced that its Galaxy Player 4.0 and the Galaxy Player 5.0 will go on sale on October 16. These two devices have mobile smartphone form factors but don't have any phone calling features. The Galaxy Player 4.0 has a 4 inch screen while the 5.0 version has a five inch screen. Both run on Android 2.3, have 8 GB of storage, a 3.2 megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, WiFi support and more. The Galaxy Player 4.0 will be priced at $229 while the Galaxy Player 5.0 will have a $269 price point

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Richio said,
Only a 3MP back camera? Lame. For such a price.

As if you were gonna be bringing it to parties and whipping it out your back pocket and taking a picture of your drunk buddy that just fell into the pool? An 8.9" device is a bit too big for that kinda usage.

Ok say you were going to the Grand Canyon, you wouldn't be using that to take pictures there either. You'd bring a "real" camera.

SHoTTa35 said,

As if you were gonna be bringing it to parties and whipping it out your back pocket and taking a picture of your drunk buddy that just fell into the pool? An 8.9" device is a bit too big for that kinda usage.

Ok say you were going to the Grand Canyon, you wouldn't be using that to take pictures there either. You'd bring a "real" camera.

Yes but if you think about the Xoom which is cheaper. You'll notice that it has a better camera as well as dual-flash. So he's got kind of a point.

Yeh if Samsung really want to sell great volumes, they should now focus on cheaper versions of their tablets to compete with the likes of Kindle Fire.