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Samsung Dumbs Down Specs on WiFi-only Galaxy Tab, Doesn’t Bother Mentioning it to Anyone

The 3G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab that has been sold through carriers came packed with a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, giving it plenty of juice to fuel that 7″ screen and provide an above average user experience.  The WiFi-only version, maybe not so much and that’s because Sammie pulled the ol’ switcheroo on those same two components we just listed and didn’t bother to tell anyone.  That’s right, as you can see in the screenshots of two WiFi-only Tabs above, the GPU is a generation below that of the 3G-version, the PowerVR SGX530.  Oh, and the processor that would be powering it is more-than-likely not the Hummingbird, but a 1GHz OMAP 3630.  I guess we should also mention that they took the liberty of dumbing down the Bluetooth technology by going with 2.1 rather than the 3.0 that 3G versions enjoy.

And this is me shaking my head at you, but that’s nothing new.

Via:  XDA, Engadget

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000461721962 Nicholas Perrien

    you have to be kidding i got one of these thinking it would be great like the 3g version now just wow i hate it to i want something better 

  • Tudor

    “Screw the consumer” policy sadly characterizes Samsung. And that who sais this it’s me, a SGT 3G owner and a Samsung fan. After a lot of years using a lot of Samsung products I got used with their policy. Great products, high quality, great inovations (ex. Superamoled screen, Bluetooth 3.0, super-speed RAM etc) but a deep despise for the customer. Once you buy a Samsung product they turn the back to you and they dont care of you anymore. Dont expect support and updates from Samsung ! Dont expect quality service for the products ! When I bought the SGT 3G I was aware that THATS ALL! I have a SGT with Froyo and all the specs AND THATS ALL. I don’t expect updates to Gingerbread nor I have a sick imagination to expect Honeycomb lol. In 10 years experience with Samsung I learned this. And I learned also from others. Look what happened with the awesome Omnia HD or the amazing Galaxy Beam. And the Galaxy S, the admiral ship of Samsung, the proud and the glory of the company receives Gingerbread almost 1(one) year later. Learn to live with it or leave ! :)

  • Anonymous

    Samsung say it ain’t so!! I’m trying SO hard to not hate you as the worst android carrier but with stuff like this……

  • Anonymous

    Samsung say it ain’t so!! I’m trying SO hard to not hate you as the worst android carrier but with stuff like this……

  • Anonymous
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  • Bikee4

    Why would Samsung use a Texas Instruments processor? I say b.s.

  • The Om3ga Man

    This is a cost cutting measure to provide a cost competitive solution to the apple, android, blackberry and HP offerings. It does not diminish the functionality of the device. If you want the more powerful version buy it…..and do not buy a contract. It will be a Wifi only version too! For what I have seen people do with their Galaxy Tabs, most will not notice that the are not running on a Hummingbird or have a 540 GPU. I do not have any BT 3.0 devices and I have some of the newest devices out there. Come to think of it, I have not seen any BT3.0 at my local VZW store as of late, so I am not sure just how prevalent that is in the real world.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think that Samsung should publish the fact that these devices are spec’d differently but I do not blame them for doing this, especially if they can produce a less costly device, that can potentially end up in more consumer’s hands.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001992840095 Tj Allen

    uhm, actually.. Apple DOES do this.. aGPS with the Wifi/3G versions of the iPad/2 is a perfect example, you get it with one, not with the other, and they don’t really make mention of it.

  • http://twitter.com/eclsnowman eclsnowman

    Asus Transformer FTW (since I finally got mine even in the face of ASUS MFG debacle)

  • ShopDroid

    This is y Apple is still #1 – the android manufacturers either can’t figure out how to make the device that ppl want (spec or price), or when they get lucky (yes, that’s you, asus) and manage to produce something wanted, they can’t figure the distribution out. Damn this is frustrating!

    • Dat

      Not true. Apple can’t figure it out either. They have shortages all the time. Yes, they produce much more, but they can’t meet demand either.

      Hey, go get me an iPad 2 the day after launch.

      • ShopDroid

        True, but at least you can easily pre-order an ipad2 and get it in a couple weeks. Who knows when/if asus transformer will get to that point, before they turn off substaintial amount of buyers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.bjork John Bjork

    It means don’t buy anything made by Sammy. Period.

  • Rt

    That’s why you have to read carefully about everything near, around and on the device… If they advertised the wi-fi to have the hardware the 3g version does, but they indeed did the switcherooo… Could there be a false advertisement involved???

  • http://twitter.com/Eric6052 Eric Stephenson

    Wouldnt this be similar to what Apple did with the iPod touch and iPhone 4? The cameras in the touch are vastly inferior to the iPhone and the screen is not an ips display. They clearly did this as a cost savings. I guess Samsung took a similar direction.

    • Anonymous

      It would…if the iPhone and iPod touch were marketed as two slightly different versions of the same device. But the iPod Touch is supposed to be a lesser machine to the iPhone, people expect this, and they also realize that the Touch is going to have less going for it. What Samsung is doing here is pretty much trying to trick people into thinking that the only difference between the WiFi version of the GT and the 3G version, apart from the price, is of course the internet capabilities…which isn’t the case if this article is anything to go by.

      As a side note the iPod Touch, despite having an inferior display to it’s phone relative, still has an excellent screen. I have pretty good eyes and had to really focus to be able to distinguish the pixels. As another side note, don’t be like me: don’t stare at an iPod screen at point-blank range for a few minutes trying to see the pixels. >.<

  • jason w.s.

    The G-Tab is a joke at the local VZW store here…The sales reps cant GIVE these things away, lol.

  • angermeans

    Did anyone still need a reason to stay away from samsung? They are a joke.

  • broDROID

    The NOOKcolor uses the SGX530 also, and instead of a OMAP 3630, the NC uses a OMAP 3621. For the savings and the similar specs, I’d buy a NOOKcolor. oh wait I already have two.

    • Dat

      Nook Color FTW. Don’t forget the wide open bootloader on the Nook. A developer and hobbyist dream.

  • Anonymous

    Treason is afoot. I wanted a Galaxy Tab in wifi based on what I was reading about the 3G version (like it and like the price, but don’t like the required data plan). Now, I don’t think I want it, if it isn’t the same experience and same basic hardware.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

    Just when you think Samsung might be turning the corner on its well known Android issues with delayed OS updates and all, it pulls something like this. I’m dumbfounded.

  • Juan_ortega92

    my dx has an omap,whats wrong with it!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I love my DroidX, but I would not spend $350 on a wifi version of it today.

  • Juan_ortega92

    whats wrong with omap?

  • Raptor007

    I noticed it right away when I compared them online a couple of weeks ago. There is no way I was going to buy a WiFi version when I could get a 3G Verizon version for nearly the same price on eBay. It really makes you wonder what else Samsung is cutting corners on to make a buck and not fully disclosing it.

    • hkklife

      Not to nitpick (I’d get the VZW one on Ebay too) but keep in mind the wi-fi GT *DOES* come with 16gb internal storage, whereas the CDMA Tabs just have 2Gb.

      The GSM tabs are the best of the 7″ bunch—16GB internal storage AND the better CPU/GPU AND they can be flashed with a European ROM to make voice calls

  • Stephen D

    Great, so it’s going to be even slower than the DX and D2 since the screen is a higher resolution. Ah well. Why ANYONE would buy this is beyond me.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    now thats a smarmy move.. just lost serious credibility in my eyes. They clearly just got caught and had no intentions of telling the consumer about this

  • YourMomsLooseTwaht

    Tablets are gay.

    • Anonymous

      ur gay lol

      • YourMomsLooseTwaht

        Your mom’s gay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

    It’s okay to have slower devices in your mix — just don’t claim it’s the exact same product and ship it several months later.

    Like @Buzzy42 said, it’s why Apple rules the roost with the iPad. Samsung is deliberately neutering models to shield carrier deals and prevent what it sees as cannibalizing 3G model sales. Apple just makes the best product it can for everyone and would gladly let one of its products take sales from the other.

  • Anonymous

    NookColor for $250 is a much better deal.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

      I am so happy with my Nook Color purchase.

    • YourMomsLooseTwaht

      Nook = Grandma love

    • 541818

      NookColor is a better deal if you don’t mind not having a camera, gps capability or with the unlocked version of the Galaxy Tab…a phone. The Galaxy multitasks with these features included. I had previously ordered a NookColor without reading reviews first & realized that the NC was too heavy to be considered *portable* for me, weighing in at 2lbs —per amazon product specs. With the GT, it’s 13.6 oz, a little over half a lb! The GT iS pricey for a reason..

      • Anonymous

        Most people interested in a tablet already have a smartphone and that smartphone has a camera and GPS. If you WiFi-tether the tablet to your phone, you can copy photos and GPS location directly to the tablet.

        The Amazon specs must include the shipping box because the actual weight is less than one pound. If you’re looking for one device to carry anywhere, I would be more concerned about the size (of any tablet) than the weight.

        • 541818

          Yes, that is all true. But.. what is ideal & appealing to me is the size of the GT, a 7″ and just the right size, not too big like the ipad or other tabs (pandigital, coby..) & not too small (smartphones, ipod touch (4.3″) The display for most smartphones is much too small to enjoy videos, movies & primarily, to be used comfortably (visually) as an E-reader. Ok, the weight Amazon states is most likely the shipping wt. Although real wt of NC is under a lb, there is no denying GT is much lighter –i have handled both & again included with all these features..GT is a true multitasking device. The weight of the NC was a dealbreaker in terms of use as an E-reader as well as a lack of the previous features mentioned above. Although pricey, u can see why this is a preference and others like me over a NookColor.

      • Anonymous

        Why would you look at Amazon’s specs on the nook when Amazon’s own Kindle is the direct competitor to the nook? Of course they’ll make “publishing errors” to make it look bad.

        • 541818

          Yes, of course. The fact of the matter is the NC is still too heavy (approx 1 lb) for long periods of E-reader use (say if you’re reading in bed) vs the Kindle or any other E-reader out there. You need to buy a case with a stand if u plan on reading for long periods of time & then place on a table for comfort. Too much of an inconvenience..might as well read a real paperback or mag (much lighter) So the weight is a real issue for this purpose. And to be accurate checked specs on Barnes & Noble website, specs on wt., 15.8oz
          so yes, just under a lb. Additionally, I handled both the NC and the Galaxy at <–13.6oz, the GT as far as weight is the clear winner here.

          • Anonymous

            The NC is always going to be heavier than other true e-readers like the Kindle…it’s more of a tablet, than it is an e-reader…even though B&N would like to state otherwise it’s screen is much heavier than eInk which is what cuts into it’s weight, but we all already know that. I never really understood the economical aspect of having an ebook reader with an LCD display (or other similar technology). If I wanted an e-reader, I’d get an eInk device…actually no, scratch that. I’d wait till the pixel QI technology takes off, then get a device that can be an awesome android tablet one minute, then switch over to a power sipper e-Ink eReader the next.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, no! 2.2oz!

            Seriously… If 2.2oz is too much for you to handle while reading in bed, forget sleeping and hit the gym. I’m a tubby biatch with no muscle to speak of and a one pound device is fine by me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Pronchick/679790407 Michael Pronchick

    That is pretty weak Samsung. Shame on you.

  • Anonymous

    As much as I am NOT an Apple fan, this is exactly the kind of crap companies pull and then sit there wondering how Apple just blows past them in sales. It’s bad enough when your products are fighting for name recognition but this sort of “screw the consumer” move just kills potential sales even worse!

    Geez. Bad move, Samsung. REALLY bad. I’ve been tempted a few times to look into getting a little tablet but likely not a 3G model, this just guarantees I won’t look into Samsung.

    • Tesseract 3

      Yeah, I would never buy a product from apple, but this is one of the reasons apple is doing well. Because they DON’T do this.

      They have plenty of shady consumer practices of their own, don’t get me wrong, but they know how to at least make their customers feel like they are being taken care of.

      And for the non-geek crowd who doesn’t know what RAM is, their user interface is so dead simple a little child could understand it. Seriously, I know someone who’s three year old was able to figure out how to use an ipad. Geeks aren’t generally the biggest fans of apple, but for people who don’t understand computers, their is a reason they are popular.

      • Rayman411vm

        my daughter was two when the first ipad and after playing with it she said “where is the one that takes pictures”

        • Rayman411vm

          *came out

      • jason w.s.

        Lol, and once again, you guys bring Apple into a convo/topic that has nothing to do with it. This should be called Apple-haters.com, not Droid-life.com. Uh, actually, you guys would probably rather it be called that, lol, nvmnd. Its funny, on Apple sites they talk nicer about Android than most of you guys do. Yall are too busy hating Apple. ;-)

        • Tesseract 3

          You realize we just said good things about apple, we just said we have no interest in buying their products. Did you actually read what we wrote? Or did you just read the words apple and don’t. Buy and hit reply?

          • jason w.s.

            Lol, good things? Your obviously joking..ya big kidder you! That or you must not remember what you just wrote? IOS is for simple minded idiots or three year olds or droopy eyed armless children or whatever, i dont care, thats not even the point. The point i was TRYING to make was that you guys always find a way to drag Apple into whatever topic is at hand, one way or another no matter what its about.

          • Tesseract 3

            You want a fight, that is all. Find something better to do with your time than bitch about insignificant bullshit that people post on a blog. I’m not going to waste my time explaining myself to you. If my clarification wasn’t enough for you the first time, there is no way I can convince you. You don’t like it, don’t read it. It’s really that simple.

          • jason w.s.

            Whoa there! lol, simmer down there buddy. I’ll not argue that what you said is insignificant, i agree with you on that. I was just making a statement in general and giving my opinion. Dont get so bent outta shape…want me to kiss it an make it better? everything’ll be alright honey ;-P

          • Tesseract 3

            You see the funny thing is you are the one who flew off the handle. You are now flailing and trying to make yourself look like the calm cool person in the middle of a storm you created. LOL. Nice try buddy, but you’re not fooling anyone. I know you feel the need to save face, but it’s just the internet, no one really cares.

          • jason w.s.

            I love you too :-)

          • Lee

            You realize that 3 year olds learning to use an Apple product is good for Apple, right? Their simplicity is a strength. That is what he was saying. He was also complimenting Apple on how they handle their customers and their products.

            Srsly.

          • jason w.s.

            Wow, seriously? I tapped out on this earlier…but like i was saying, that wasnt my point. I was just stating that alot of people on here seem to relentlessly bring Apple into every topic/thread/conversation like its their job or duty, when it has nothing to do with the price of tea in China. Its almost like an obsession with some. Its like, come on, save it for one of Kell’s iphone bashing posts, lol seriously. Im not trying to white knight for Apple or anything, im a huge fan of Android AND iOS. And btw, like jake said, dudes comments were “back-handed at best” an this is all just my honest opinion.

          • Mr.Joe

            Let’s break the comments AGAIN!

          • Tesseract 3

            You took the comments as backhanded and got pissed lovey pie. They weren’t backhanded Lee is right. Srlsy.

            And as for your point, I would almost find some agreement with your point, if you could be reasonable in regards to my point, which you can’t seem to be dear. :)

          • Tesseract 3

            Love you too honey bunch.

          • jason w.s.

            Lol, good things? Your obviously joking..ya big kidder you! That or you must not remember what you just wrote? IOS is for simple minded idiots or three year olds or droopy eyed armless children or whatever, i dont care, thats not even the point. The point i was TRYING to make was that you guys always find a way to drag Apple into whatever topic is at hand, one way or another no matter what its about.

        • http://profiles.google.com/irishpride1183 jake sirlin

          I get what your saying jason. I rarely see a conversation on this site without someone knocking Apple, as for the “compliments” that are given, they are back-handed at best. As far as I’m concerned, both Apple and Android make some really cool stuff. Apple products generally are of better quality and the (high-end) Android products generally have better internal specs. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Why people choose to get angry over which is “better” is funny to me.

          • Tesseract 3

            It seems you two are the ones getting offended.

            I gave my opinion, and both of you found it so offensive that you had to write about what haters we are. And then you say you wonder why “other people”, get angry about it. LOL.

            Take the compliments however you care to take them, I really don’t give a shit how you interpret what I say. I don’t even know you. Grow up and stop looking for a fight. Apparently a fair analysis of apple as opposed to ass kissing is considered being angry or backhanded by you, LOL. Find something better to do with your time than bitch about stupid bullshit.

          • jason w.s.

            Lol, my original comment wasnt just aimed specifically at you there chief, so dont you go feeling all special and whatnot ;-) Im not offended by a damn thing you’ve said, im just giving my opinion about the attitude and the things the majority of people on here say these days. We’ve all got our opinions and you are just one tiny corn kernal in a big, massive, stinking pile of…..well, you get the picture.

          • Tesseract 3

            No shit, same to you. etc.

            But just pointing out, the person who seems irritated is you. In fact everyone else seems to just be throwing in their two cents.

            While you find some people’s two cents offensive. So get over it. :)

          • Anonymous

            Not that it really matters…at all…but from my outside of the “conflict” perspective, it seems like you are the one getting irritated. Sorry, it just seems that way from how you’ve conducted your last few posts. Anywho, on to my two cents:

            I think Samsung makes decent products, hell, I know they do. Otherwise they wouldn’t be doing as well as they are…and probably wouldn’t have been approached by Google to construct their Nexus S device. But, and this is no surprise, I’m siding with the majority here. Samsung should have at least gone public with the fact that the WiFi version was going to be watered down (eh, using that analogy with electronics doesn’t mix well does it?). The fact that they’re taking this somewhat underhanded route just guarantees them more and more consumer enemies in the future. I mean, come on Samsung…there’s got to be more logical ways to pinch pennies than screwing your customers out of some of the hardware the comes default on the 3G unit.

            I know why they did this though…to try and get more sales of the 3G version. Maybe it goes deeper than we think, like, the service providers of the 3G signal paying Samsung to weaken the unit that they can’t tack a monthly fee to. I dunno, I’m just rambling at this point. Cheers everyone, that’s my two cents…and then some.

          • Tesseract 3

            You can perceive me as being irritated, just as jason w.s. can perceive my compliments to apple as being backhanded, or convince himself that every comment on this site is about bashing apple. It doesn’t make it true. For along time people thought the world was flat, turns out they were wrong too. :)

          • Tesseract 3

            It seems you two are the ones getting offended.

            I gave my opinion, and both of you found it so offensive that you had to write about what haters we are. And then you say you wonder why “other people”, get angry about it. LOL.

            Take the compliments however you care to take them, I really don’t give a shit how you interpret what I say. I don’t even know you. Grow up and stop looking for a fight. Apparently a fair analysis of apple as opposed to ass kissing is considered being angry or backhanded by you, LOL. Find something better to do with your time than bitch about stupid bullshit.

          • derkk

            apple sucks

  • Rizzidy

    “dumbing down” doesn’t mean what you think it means.

  • EC8CH

    Samsung hates us I think.

  • Anonymous

    Makes you wonder what else they’re NOT telling the consumer?? Bad practice IMO

  • The Observer

    And shame on you, Samsung.

    I’ll still buy your TVs though.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NEOS2HO2ITOC6GKUN2Q4DZHZCA Daniel

      just bought a 23″ series 30 1080p for $239, fantastic picture quality

    • Anonymous

      I won’t even do that much. Sony digital projector for me.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/VXCSUKN233HNQ5MH5BTZCMTOUA George with a J

    2nd. Duuude. No way.

  • The Observer

    First.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NEOS2HO2ITOC6GKUN2Q4DZHZCA Daniel

      sorry i beat you, also sorry i’m excited my 1st first! :)

      • Azndan3

        Who cares if you are first or second… This isn’t a competition.

        • Anonymous

          It actually is bro.
          You just be sorry dat you cant win.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NEOS2HO2ITOC6GKUN2Q4DZHZCA Daniel

    1st! and that’s crappy!

    • angermeans

      First fail ha ha