Samsung officially prices the Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab 8.9 at $469 for the 16GB model

Samsung officially prices the Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab 8.9 at $469 for the 16GB model
Following up after Best Buy, where pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi are being offered right now, Samsung is coming out to confirm officially the tablet’s pricing in the US.

Perusing Samsung’s web site, the 8.9” Wi-Fi only version of the tablet is priced at $469 for the 16GB version – meanwhile, the 32GB one is naturally priced $100 more at $569. With that, you get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 with Android 3.1 Honeycomb running Samsung’s TouchWiz UX interface on top of it, dual-core 1GHz processor, 3-megeapixel camera in the rear, and a front facing 2-megapixel one. With its arrival, Samsung pretty much has every tablet category covered from small, medium, and large.

Taking into account the price difference between it and the larger Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, do you think the pricing is justifiable? Or would you rather simply wait it out for something like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 instead?

source: Samsung via Engadget

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11 Comments

1. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

This needs to be $300/$400 I really don't understand why they keep the pricing so high. Not many people are going to go for an android tablet over an iPad unless its cheaper. Netbooks are a lot more functionality for around the same price or less. I don't understand why tablets are so much.

5. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

Totally agree 100%!!! I am not paying that much for a tablet in any way shape or form. My laptop is way more powerful than any tablet can offer. Until they start packing the same type of hardware under the hood like hard drive space, ram and gpu than I will consider a tablet. Than the video game industry should put games on SD cards. lol

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Tablet makers, even big names like Samsung, need to take a page from the 1990s PC playbook. People will buy Android tablets because they don't want to pay a premium for an Apple. $300 would definitely be the sweet spot. Otherwise, why would someone who goes to the store wanting an iPad buy anything else?

2. GeoffreyM unregistered

It's only a tiny bit smaller than the 10.1-inch version: 1.1" long and .7" wide. I'll wait for the 7.7.

7. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Agreed. I happen to think 10" is too big, but the Galaxy 7.7 would be small enough to slip in a large coat pocket. The size (and SAMOLED+ screen) will set it apart in the market, too, but they'll need to price it accordingly - no more than $400.

8. Andy unregistered

I've always thought that a 10" tablet is just a little too big. After I got and used the HP Touchpad for a while (how could I say no to $99?), I believe that more than ever. Don't get me wrong, I like my Touchpad, but I think I would have liked that 7" version more. Too bad we'll never see it. The Tab 7.7, on the otherhand, is as close as any to my perfect tablet. Can't wait to see one in person.

3. aviv unregistered

why the galaxy tab is not LTE with 1.5 dual core?

4. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

You see, some of these tablets manufacturers are turning out lack any innovation, or any reasons to pick them over others. The iPad 2 has many apps. The Ee Pad Transformer has a keyboard. The Sony Tablet S is Playstation certified. The Optimus Pad has 3D. The HTC Flyer and Jetstream have cool pen accessories. THe Windows 8 tablets will be productive. The recent Samsung tablets, the Moto Xoom, the HP Touchpad, The Blackberry Playbook and the Acer Iconia pad simply don't have any distinguishing features to make them desirable to consumers. Thats why tablets haven't really taken off yet, Price and lack of prpductivity and apps.

10. devonblue4u

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 12, 2011

And Kal-El tablets debut next month. The phones in the spring of next year, giving rise to a more powerful Atrix-style phone - dock combo. Easily trumping these overpriced dogs.

11. JospehC unregistered

Are you guys f**kin stupid? It's priced at where it's at cause ideas and materials don't come out of your azz. It's called R&D.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And I'd argue that Honeycomb tablets should be sold at a loss to build up the market. Samsung isn't Apple, unfortunately.

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