Samsung tab to break the $350 price barrier

Samsung announced will sell a Wi-Fi-only version of the Galaxy tab for $349. The move is an attempt to challenge the dominance of the iPad, but can a $350 tablet do any significant damage?

Samsung announced that it will begin selling a Wi-Fi-only version of the 7-inch Galaxy tab for $349 on April 10. (Verizon and Sprint currently offer the 7-inch 3G model for $499 or $199 with a two-year contract.)

The move is obviously intended to challenge the dominance of Apple's iPad, but can a $350 tablet do any significant damage to the iJuggernaut that is the iPad? I doubt it.

While it's a nice device, the tab is only 7-inches which doesn't really stack up to the 9.7-inch iPad (unless you want to put it in your pocket, that is). And then there's apps, the App Store has more than the Android Market – which matters.

While it competes with the iPad, the Galaxy tab price cut signals a shift in pricing away from the whopping $800 starting price of the Motorola Xoom.

But has it become a race to the bottom?

Photo: Nexus One Central

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