8.9-inch Galaxy Tab does Honeycomb

Samsung delivers on its teaser and announces 8.9-inch Samsung Tab

Earlier this month we mentioned that Samsung was teasing the world about a possible 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab. Well, this week the company came forward with an official announcement.

According to Samsung, the new 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab will feature Honeycomb (Android OS 3.0), a WXGA 1280x800 display, Dual Core Application Processor, High Speed Multitasking, 1080p HD video playback, front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video calls, rear-facing 3-megapixel camera, and will be HSPA+ Enabled. If 8.9-inch isn't your thing, the company also showed off its 10.1-inch version, both of which are now just 0.34 inches thick.

Will the world embrace the new 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab with the iPad 2 making the rounds? First off, the 8.9-inch version won't be shipping until the summer. Second, it's $469 for a 16GB. Wi-Fi model. With that pricing, you have to want Android more than iOS.

I think it's actually a decent price point, considering you do get Honeycomb and HSPA+ support. That said, I previously mentioned that my own preference is iOS in a tablet. Then again, Honeycomb, with some nice Samsung flair (TouchWiz UX), may be just what the world needs.

Are you jumping on the iPad 2 bandwagon or is Honeycomb more your speed?