Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to U.S. this weekend, Players launching soon

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to U.S. this weekend, Players launching soon

Summary: Samsung is finally launching their 8.9 inch Android tablet in the U.S. this weekend with the two Players coming in a couple weeks.

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Samsung showed off the Galaxy Tab 8.9 back in March at CTIA and yesterday they made the U.S. announcement official with a release date of 2 October. You will be able to find this new Android tablet for $469 for the 16GB model and $569 for the 32GB model this weekend. Samsung also revealed the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0, essentially Android smartphones without the cellular phone capability.

Android Central has some hands-on impressions with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and two new Galaxy Players. I am pretty happy with my 7 inch HTC Flyer and 10 inch Apple iPad 2, but do think an 8.9 inch tablet is an appealing size and would like to try one out. There should be some coming with LTE data functionality, but Samsung did not reveal those details yesterday.

The Player 4.0 and 5.0 look like solid alternatives for those who don't want an iPod touch and are fans of the Android operating system. These two Players are scheduled for a 16 October release date with the 4.0 (4 inch display) priced at $229 and the 5.0 (5 inch display) priced at $269. Neither of these has the traditional Samsung Super AMOLED Plus display and instead have LCD displays with 800x480 pixels resolution.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Samsung

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  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to U.S. this weekend, Players launching soon

    We are headed into the same mess begun by printer suppliers: why are there hundreds of different models of HP printers; hundreds more of those by Epson, etc.? Now we hear about plans to increase the sheer numbers of "tablets" and "smart phones!" What IS this silly game? One of the features of all new Android phones/tablets is the software version. If ALL or MOST will accommodate Ice Cream Sandwich, why would anyone buy a model with a lesser version??
    namobo
    • For the same reason we have hundreds of car models to choose from!

      @namobo
      Marketing hype! All cars have 4 wheels, seats, steering wheel, doors, etc.
      If you can't beat them on function, confuse them with fluff!
      :-(
      kd5auq
    • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to U.S. this weekend, Players launching soon

      @namobo Oh! So many choices! Cheerios or Corn Flakes!!? Toast or muffin!!? Juice? OMG! I can't deal!!! Poor thing.
      bonkers.bonkers
  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to U.S. this weekend, Players launching soon

    When replacing my surround sound system that died I researched getting a system with internet radio. HA! No such stereo system exists all in one, so what did I come up with.
    The best internet radio on the market, yeah you guessed it, an iPad AND a high end computer speaker system and a Apple Airport Express, awesome sound and I get the added fun of an iPad.
    I FOUND A LEGITIMATE REASON TO BUY A iPAD!
    Dougvbx
    • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to U.S. this weekend, Players launching soon

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      ktower
    • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to U.S. this weekend, Players launching soon

      You have my sympathies, "Resistance is futile".
      bonkers.bonkers
  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to U.S. this weekend, Players launching soon

    Yawn. Another overpriced, underwhelming tablet.
    ajrmd
    • Well said.

      @ajrmd
      GuntherGump
    • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to U.S. this weekend, Players launching soon

      @ajrmd Sez someone who purchased an overpriced underwhelming iPad.
      bonkers.bonkers
  • Great tablet...

    Great tablet from samsung... i love it
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