Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 & 10.1 Android OS 3.0 WiFi-only Tablets Announced

Samsung kickstarted the Android tablet market with its 7-inch display Galaxy Tab late last Fall (2010). Their latest offerings are playing catchup with Motorola’s Xoom and Apple’s iPad 2. Engadget has a hands-on review of Samsung’s additions to their Galaxy Tab line.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and new Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on: thinner than the iPad 2, dual-core power, TouchWiz 4.0

The model names also tell you their screen sizes: 8.9-inches and 10.1-inches. The iPad 2 display is 9.7-inches. Both models run on Android OS 3.0 (Froyo) and add a custom graphical interface named TouchWiz UX.

Availability for the 10.1 model is June 8 while the 8.9 model will be available “early this summer”. Pricing looks like this:

WiFi-only 10.1 16GB $499
WiFi-only 10.1 32GB $599
WiFi-only 8.9 16GB $469
WiFi-only 8.9 32GB $569

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 prices are inline with iPad 2 models with the same amount of storage. The 8.9 model is priced like its size, just a bit below the 10.0 model. They would have been more attractive if they were priced at $399 and $499. Retaining the original Tab’s 8-inch display would have differentiated it from the 10.1 better too.

You can find more information about the new Galaxy Tab models at: Samsung Galaxy Tab