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Samsung Announces Availability of WiFi-only Galaxy Tab, In Retail Stores April 10 for $349

A couple of weeks ago we were tipped to the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab possibly launching on April 4, but it looks like the device was pushed to April 10 instead and even dropped to a price of $349.  You can all pick up this 7″ Android 2.2 tablet from a variety of online and local retailers, but just know that we have no idea if it will ever see Honeycomb.  The price is very nice and the specs haven’t changed on this edition (our review), so if the idea of possibly never having an update is OK with you, then by all means run out and grab one.

Update:  Samsung realized it made a boo-boo and made sure we knew that this version still only has 16GB of internal storage.  The press release has been corrected.   

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ Available for Purchase at Multiple Retail Stores and Online Outlets

Consumers receive chance to purchase WiFi-only version of Samsung’s award-winning Android™ platform mobile tablet

DALLAS, April 6, 2011—Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, announced today that several retail stores and Web sites will carry the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab™ by April 10, offering customers the opportunity to buy this powerful and compact mobile tablet for $349.99. Consumers can visit http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab for a complete list of retail outlets selling the WiFi Galaxy Tab.

The Galaxy Tab is powered by the Android™ 2.2 platform and has a 7-inch TFT display with a 1024 x 600 resolution. The super-light and sleek device weighs just 13 ounces, is 12 millimeters thin and easily fits in a pocket or purse. The Galaxy Tab includes 16 GB [corrected] of internal storage and offers microSD expansion to allow for up to 32 GB of additional storage.

“We are excited to have the WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab join our growing portfolio of Galaxy-branded devices,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Mobile. “The 7-inch Galaxy Tab is the first truly mobile tablet on the market, allowing users to comfortably hold the device in one hand while typing or navigating the Web with the other.”

Outstanding Entertainment Options

The Galaxy Tab supports Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 to deliver an enhanced content experience and allow users to engage with thousands of sites with rich Adobe Flash Player compatible applications and content including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, video, music and more. Plus, the device is designed with a rear-facing 3 megapixel camera for taking pictures on-the-go, and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and camcorder for video chat.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab includes access to Media Hub, Samsung’s own content service, offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase. The biggest and best names in entertainment, including CBS, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. provide new release movies, next day TV episodes and full TV show seasons to the robust Media Hub library. Media Hub also promotes content sharing, including the ability to send purchased films and TV programming to as many as five devices that carry the Media Hub application.

Google Services & Social Hub

Services like Google Maps™ Navigation and Google Goggles are available on Google’s Android platform. With useful location-based services like Google Maps™, consumers can search in Standard English instead of entering an exact address. A search-by-voice function is just as intuitive, meaning searches can also be completed easily on the go. Google Goggles™ is a powerful, visual search tool that uses the Samsung GALAXY Tab’s camera to uncover information – an image of a landmark or artwork is automatically used to perform a search, delivering relevant content like a description or history. In addition, with a camera, users can enjoy various augmented reality services which are downloadable in the application market. Plus, Galaxy Tab users have full access to more than 150,000 applications available for download from the Android Market™.

The Galaxy Tab keep users organized and connected with Samsung’s Social Hub application. Social Hub works with the user’s Messaging and Contacts to initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar, and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.

Samsung Galaxy Product Portfolio

The WiFi Galaxy Tab joins other popular products under the premium Samsung Galaxy brand, including the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy 8.9, Galaxy Player 5.0 and Galaxy Player 4.0 and the portfolio of Galaxy S smartphones.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q4 2010 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

  • Jawshua

    That’s a great price, I’d buy a wifi only Xoom if they dropped it to that price.

  • rohdawgeleven

    ” Please disregard any superfluous news about updates. You don’t need them, and we don’t provide them.”

    THAT is some funny shiz-nit right there!!

  • Anonymous

    Is there an unofficial honeycomb that can be put on it?

  • http://profiles.google.com/carmack.nathan Nathan Carmack

    When this thing gets down to like 200 bucks in a few months I’ll totally get one.

  • Anonymous

    so funny how people think honeycomb makes a tablet and without it just cannot be a tablet. I see very little offered by the Xoom that I cannot do on the Gtab with a lot less bulk and cost. just my opinion; and many others in my cult.

  • Anonymous

    Release this in October 2010 Hottest or one of the Hottest Christmas items
    Releae this in mid April huh?

    Samsung you missed the boat on this. Now take what you can from this debacle and learn from it. You have a sick Honeycomb on your hands No don’t mess it up.

  • Anonymous

    $199 baby and i will get one to go with my iPad2, Streak7, and Xoom WiFi. I want them all sitting on my coffee table to impress my friends. Right? Thing is they only pick up the iPad2. Go figure.

    • Jawshua

      Wow, why would you need all of those? For bragging rights like this? I’d say getting a non expensive hobby is in order. Where does all that disposable income come from? I have the money but I don’t think I would ever but that many tablets, nuts.

  • jason w.s.

    They messed up SSSSOOOO BAD with this thing. I remember when it first came out, i wanted one like no other, because nothing tablet wise (besides the ipad) was out. The price was a major deal breaker then, and now that the market is flooded with tablets, they probably cant give these things away…its a shame

  • http://twitter.com/tomabrad Tom

    Why would I buy this when I could get the Transformer for a similar price?

  • Mr. Joe

    Drop $100 off it you got me saying maybe.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, few bucks more for the ASUS Transformer, I’m thinking DOA. Yup, I used that acronym and am not a iBoy.

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica M.

    Are you honestly posting this? Wow.. I dont see the point in buy an a tablet that will never see an update more less honeycomb. Prehaps if it was $200 it woud actually mean something, but this is a joke of a tablet.

  • Anonymous

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.

    AND YET THEY STILL HAVE NO HONEYCOMB…FAIL

  • Anonymous

    Translation:

    Dear Completely Clueless Consumers,

    We appreciate the fact that you don’t research before you buy. We meant to get this press release out last Friday, but we were afraid you’d think it was a joke. We hope you’ll enjoy your new Tab. To add Honeycomb to your Tab experience, please visit http://goo.gl/E2kgP or your local grocer.

    We look forward to you joining the Samsung Galaxy Family.

    Best Regards,
    Samsung Mobile

  • Anonymous

    Forget the original Tab. Might as well buy a Nook Color and put Honeycomb on it.

  • Anonymous

    Wont it be possible to Root and drop Honeycomb on it? I dont know… Give it some time and the Xoom will come down in price. I have no use for an oversized samsung phone.

  • Anonymous

    Fail.
    Low res, single core, 2.2
    You can get a better cheap Android 2.2 tablet for $200
    You’re 6 months too late Samsung.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I am waiting for this bad boy

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004I43F9C

    • Honeycomb_FTW

      I really with the Toshiba tablet had a dock like the Asus Transformer. . . that would be nearly perfect.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry but I gotta say this. That’s only $50 cheaper then the 1st gen iPad that’s on sale for $399. U can go to target or Wal-mart right now & get one. Yea it has a camera but not everybody cares about the camera anyway, it’s kinda mixed. Samsung needs to price this $100 cheaper.

    • Anonymous

      I would not purchase a Galaxy Tab 7, but it’s superior to the iPad in just about every conceivable way (other than the screen size, but some of us take that for a plus).

  • xxdesmus

    way too expensive for an already out of date device.

  • Anonymous

    I have a rooted nook i am all set with this ..

    • Anonymous

      Pretty much, after root and rom don’t the run the same numbers?

  • http://twitter.com/richardsonadm Adam Richardson

    Probably get the 3g version cheaper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/creck1 Chris Reck

    Do not buy anything samsung #froyogate on twitter they do not update their devices

    • Anonymous

      Stop posting this FUD. Samsung updates all of their products in Europa and Asia; they’ve been on FroYo for a while and are looking forward to an imminent Gingerbread release. US carriers suck.

      • hkklife

        Agreed. I personally like the Galaxy Tab formfactor. I find it more comfortable than the Nook Color and you have the full set of capacitive buttons to work with along with BT, full makret access right out of the box, dual cameras, faster CPU and oodles of storage. I think the Sammy has a slight edge in screen quality over the NC too. Since I still feel the Xoom is overpriced & a bit bulky (not to mention its lackluster screen), I’d probably buy the wi-fi Galaxy Tab if I HAD to buy a tablet in the immediate future. It’s still a bit overpriced but I bet these things will drop in price tremendously shortly after launch. $279 Fry’s special, anyone?

        P.S. Did anyone read the full text of the PR and notice that they bumped the wi-fi model up to 32GB internal storage + another optional 32GB via microSDHC? IF you can live with Froyo, that certainly beats a leftover iPad 1 32GB wi-fi IMHO. If this thing ever sees a Honeycomb or even Gingerbread update it’ll be icing on the cake if you can snag one for $250ish or so.

        • Blades

          I totally agree. I had a NC and I hated the sickly yellow look on the screen. The GT screen is true white in color. I even took back the NC and traded it to see if I didn’t get a defective unit. Nope, that yellow tinted screen was still there. Some people can ignore that, but for something that I look at all the time, it bothered me. The GT works just fine for my needs. It’s small and less bulky to haul around. And quite frankly, Honeycomb isn’t all that. Froyo and Gingerbread work just fine.

  • Anonymous

    A day late and a dollar short doesn’t even come close.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree. I used to think that the Tab 7 was just an enormous shitstorm of everything that can go wrong in a tablet, but now I’m kinda understanding Samsung’s strategy.

      They rush a tablet for 2010 Christmas. It sells enough to make a meager profit.

      In 2011, Samsung is actually releasing true tablets, but it’s using the Tab 7 as its race-to-the-bottom product.

      The Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1 will actually be nice products. They rock. But they both cost about $500. That matches the iPad, but Samsung wants to cover more bases.

      So, would any of use buy a Tab 7? Hell no, but the hillbilly down the street might.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly, the Galaxy Tab at this point is even more of a niche product than it was when it was originally released (tablets in general as far as I’m concerned are niche products) and considering what can be done with a Nook Color for at least $100 less, this move is a little too late on Samsung’s part.

        As painful as it is to say, the Galaxy Tab truly is just a giant Galaxy phone…

  • MK17

    Yawn… If the Asus Transformer is what it says it is and comes out at $399 then this tab is totally worthless.

    • Anonymous

      Does it have a gyroscope?
      Anyone else think the Xoom’s display isn’t quite as vivid or bright as you’d prefer?

    • Honeycomb_FTW

      There are a lot of people that want the 7″ size. . . guess that can’t handle 10″
      couldn’t resist. . .

      Anyway, they do want the more mobile tablets. However the ICONIA TAB A100 looks like it beats the tab handily and the bezel isn’t so huge.

      • MK17

        If it was a 7″ phone then my interest would be perked, but it would still be overpriced.