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

0. phoneArena posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:49

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...

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posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:54 2

1. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 12:33

5. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 15:04

6. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 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?

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:16

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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 15:07

7. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 16:25

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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 12:21

3. aviv (unregistered)

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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 12:29 1

4. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 22:09

10. devonblue4u (Posts: 68; Member since: 12 Apr 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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 22:21

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.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 09:29

13. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 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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