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Samsung Galaxy Tab Available From 1 November

We've already had a hands on with the Galaxy Tab and we thought it was pretty... well, you'll have to check out the full article to know that. What we can tell you here, however, is that whose of you wishing to know when you can get your hands on a Galaxy Tab of your own now have a date for your diaries: 1 November.

Specific carriers haven't been name checked, but Samsung says the Galaxy Tab will be available "across all major networks" at its launch, so we can assume the big four - Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 - are all on board. It shouldn't be hard to find a shop to buy a device from, either, as the likes of the Carphone Warehouse, DSG (PC World, Dixons, Curry's) and even T-Mobile stores will be stocking the tablet.

Pricing still isn't officially revealed, but we can but hope it's significantly less than the £679.99 Amazon was asking for pre-orders. It's no secret that Andoid tablets are going up against the iPad, and it's going to be harder to persuade consumers to turn their backs on Apple when the main complaint of the iPad - that it's crazy expensive - is just as true of the Galaxy Tab.

Whether the Galaxy Tab will appeal to the masses more than iPad (which still sold rather well, despite the numerous criticisms) remains to be seen, but it looks like Samsung's going to give it a good shot.

Coffee_With_Bailey's

October 1, 2010, 9:16 pm

The relative 'freedom' of Android seems to come at a premium right now.





7" Samsung tablet with patchy app support, supposedly retailing at around the same price as the slightly nobbled but app-rich 10" iPad.





Hmmm... unless Amazon's pricing was wrong, Samsung could be looking at a device that will be quite forgettable.





Still think the smart money is that which stays in the wallet until all the main players have shown their hands and we have a selection of devices running one of the emerging tablet platforms.... iOS / WebOS / Blackberry Tablet OS (QNX) / Android / Unbuntu Tablet Edition / Chromium OS / etc





From my perspective, Android has been a bit underwhelming on anything other than SmartPhones so far... can it finally start to carve out a niche?

Jiamenguk

October 2, 2010, 4:23 am

With the pricing, maybe it was one of the things Apple did right, maybe £600 was pretty much what it costs to make one of these things. If Apple, being known for premium/overpriced products, actually launched the iPad with a small profit margin, then no one else would be able to compete at all, because the public would expect to have non-apple tabletss be at least £200 cheaper than Apple, at which price the tablet would be either crap or making a loss for the company.





I really don't think Samsung would be that big headed and think they'd be as popular as Apple is, and launch a tablet that'd be no cheaper than the iPad.

Tim Sutton

October 2, 2010, 6:03 am

@Jiamenguk





The iPad costs about $260 to make as has been often documented. Apple are making HUGE money off each one sold, particularly those sold to our merrily fleeced Brit Apple cultists.





But that's Apples business model, and it works for them.





The problem with the Galaxy Tab is that Samsung and the phone companies are looking to sell them bundled with data deals, so sim-free (and wifi only) Galaxy Tabs must be priced highly enough to make signing up for a data contract and getting a Galaxy Tab for a lower upfront cost seem worthwhile.





There won't be much difference in build costs between the iPad and the Galaxy, so Samsung could easily sell them at £350.. but they can't, because that would undercut the sim-free price of the Galaxy S phone, which has very similar hardware but a smaller and cheaper screen.





God, this can is just FULL of worms.

lensmann

October 3, 2010, 1:59 am

I'm rather puzzled by all this. On the iPad (and IIRC the iPhone), Apple's hardware component costs are about 52% of the retail price. Obviously, that doesn't account for R&D costs, the (outsourced) manufacturer's profit or the cost of the software, but it still seems to give a fairly generous margin to Apple. My query to those better informed is: how does this compare to the level of markup other manufacturers add to similar products? How much do their hardware component costs usually account for, as a percentage of the retail price? 52%? 66%? 75%? 99%? Anybody know?





I'm asking because I simply can't fathom why *every* similarly specced phone (Desire HD, Galaxy S) is priced in the same range as the iPhone 4, and now ditto for tablets and the iPad. With laptops, similarly specced machines are a good bit cheaper than Apple's offerings. Why isn't this true of smartphones and tablets? Is everybody using something similar to Apple's 52% ratio?

Arctic Fox

October 3, 2010, 10:14 am

@lensmann





I think that it is possibly a mixture of an attempt to make the contract price seem attractive by comparison (as others have pointed out) and that they are simply "trying it on" to see if they too can get an "Apple price" for the kit.

supamario

October 3, 2010, 3:02 pm

Also, lets say the Samsung Tab only cost 100 to make and they sold it for 200, you'd probably think: You usually get what you pay for, and this costs one third the cost of an iPad so it couldnt possibly be as good as the iPad.


So Samsung bumps it up to a higher price to sound like its high quality that matches the iPad. Who knows :)

Coffee_With_Bailey's

October 4, 2010, 2:34 pm

The tablet market is still young - with a lot of demand for an alternative to the iPad from folks who don't want to be quite so locked-down. As a result - the manufacturers are free to assign fantasy-land pricing... for now.





As the competition ramps up over the coming months, we will no doubt see keener price-points (maybe even from Apple eventually) and hopefully more SIM-Free models that are completely divorced from data-plans too.

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