Most of the popular online retailers have listed the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will go on sale on the 1st of November; UK Mobile Operator, O2 has announced that it will have the Samsung Galaxy Tab in its shops on 1 November. Not just them, but also the “Orange” Mobile operator has confirmed to TechRadar that it will have the Samsung Galaxy Tab from ‘early November’.
The Galaxy Tab, Samsung’s first tablet, runs Google’s Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ operating system and is widely being seen as a potential Ipad killer. Unlike the Ipad it will allow users to visit websites that have Adobe Flash content and download whatever they like without needing to pass through Apple’s app censorship committee of born again Christians, retired colonels, Daily Mail readers and nuns.
The tablet comes with a 1Ghz Hummingbird processor, 512MB RAM, up to 48GB total storage (16GB onboard and 32GB microSD card), a 7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, 3G and Android OS 2.2. It will ship with unlimited access to thousands of BT Openzone and The Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots built into all of O2′s mobile broadband tariffs, where customers will be able to use the Tab’s 7-inch touchscreen to surf and browse the web and watch videos to their heart’s content. The Galaxy Tab weighs in at 380g and the size is supposed to make the tablet more friendly to the pocket.
The Tab is expected to cost around the same as the iPad when it does arrive, but it will be interesting to see what price the networks can get the tablet down to with the various contract that they offer. As a Pre-pay T-mobile model with a selling price as low as £521.98. Lambdatek sells the device listed as the GT-P1000CWATMU for £525.13 with a £3.15 cashback when purchased with a debit card and T-mobile UK has already listed the Galaxy Tab as a “coming soon” device on its website with a release date scheduled for “November 2010″. Apart from T-Mobile, Tesco has already announced that it will sell the device for £529, slightly cheaper than at Carphone Warehouse although the latter flogs the Tab for £499 when purchased with a rolling mobile broadband contract.
Samsung has allowed suppliers to charge what they like which has resulted in Verizon in the US charging only $30 less than the Ipad for the Galaxy Tab. Most analysts think that is far too expensive, however good the tablet might be.