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Samsung Galaxy Tab Price Confirmed

Speculation has been rife about just how much Samsung will be charging for its much anticipated Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, with prices as high as £800 being mentioned. Finally, though, it seems we have some concrete evidence courtesy DSG-Group.

The company behind PC World, Dixons, and Currys has told Pocket-Lint that it will be charging £599.99 for contract-free models of the Tab. So, not quite as bad as it could be but certainly a fair chunk of change.

In comparison, that money will get you the 32GB 3G Apple iPad, while the 16GB version is £529. The Galaxy Tab offer similar amounts of storage but also has a microSD slot for adding up to 32GB more. With a camera and call making abilities as well, the Galaxy Tab can certainly justify its extra cost on specs alone but, as the hardware isn't quite as nice as the iPad, it's a fine balance.

Last week it was also confirmed the Galaxy Tab will be available on 1st November so the only remaining unknowns are what subsidies will be available on the device when taken out on a contract and which mobile providers will be carrying the device.

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Pocket-Lint

Gavin Young

October 4, 2010, 8:22 pm

I guess we will all be walking away from that potential purchase.... Dont forget this has a small screen as well!





Cant help feel Samsung have just shot themselves in the foot on this!

Chris

October 4, 2010, 8:40 pm

If you put a Galaxy Tab and an iPad in each of Joe Public's hands, then told him that the Tab costs £80 *more*, which do you think he would he buy?





Either Samsung are being incredibly silly or this price will drop. Fast.

Tim Sutton

October 4, 2010, 8:42 pm

Pass.





Which is infuriating. As a big screen PMP this was just about perfect for me. I really hope it falls on its arse and this method of contract incentivising dies in hell.





I don't really care about artificially high sim-free smartphone prices as I'd get them on contracts regardless of what they cost sim-free, but that business model has zero appeal in other sectors.





At £350 I'd have bought a wi-fi only Galaxy Tab, at less than £300 I'd have bought two.

Andy0d2

October 4, 2010, 8:42 pm

And there's me thinking the iPads expensive! It still is but this is actually a joke (£800 would have been beyond a joke)

piesforyou

October 4, 2010, 8:42 pm

FAIL.

Stelph

October 4, 2010, 9:01 pm

Massive fail, Just look at the Archos 101, similar spec and size and only £250.





Im starting to think mobile manufacturers will struggle in the Tablet arena because of their smartphone pricing and it will actually turn out to be a bad idea for them to sell a tablet. There is no way that Samsung could justify selling the Tab at a price below the Galaxy S, hence this inflated price, however Archos (who don't sell smartphones and so cant undercut themselves) are going to sell the Tablet at the correct price.





This means I can see the Tab being a huge flop, and may even make people start questioning how much smartphones cost since if they can get a 7" tablet for £250, why not a smartphone with a capacative/smaller screen for less!

Manni

October 4, 2010, 9:10 pm

Thank you Samsung for making it easy NOT to be tempted by a promising device.


Because tablets have to be secondary devices (i.e. along with a smartphone, not instead), I don't believe many people are ready to pay for another monthly contract just to get 3g on a tablet.


I plan to use a tablet either at home (where I have wifi) or on the move (where I can tether it to my phone). So defnitely no extra 3G contract for me.


Which means the tablet's prcie has to be attractive without the network subsidies.


Which obviously rules the Galaxy tab out...


So I'll wait to see what's on offer with the iPad 2.

turnippy

October 4, 2010, 9:26 pm

Disgo 7" Android tablet is available for around £180 - it may not be as well specced as the Tab, but the Tab costs 3 times as much! This is a massive own goal for Samsung and if this device is a success despite it's price, I will know the govt are lying about there being a recession on!!

Zero 1

October 4, 2010, 9:37 pm

Where's all the android fanboys gone?? Shouldn't they be coming out to protect the pricing like they always do?? Seriously wake up people most product has its pro's and con's stop trying to blindnessly protect one product which you may have bought in order to justify your purchase. And this is coming from a iphone and dell streak user, i see a very balanced point of view with in tech, but to be fair this pricing is a bit too high, i really would have thought they at least match ipad pricing but not over it.

Antonio 1

October 4, 2010, 9:40 pm

Not this time Sammy :)


I'll go for archos

GoldenGuy

October 4, 2010, 9:51 pm

Not a businessman but surely with the branding power of Apple compared to Samsung, there *must* be a case for winning more profits by actually undercutting the damn iPad price. Or is it possible they could try the console model, gamble on making the hardware a loss leader, and associate themselves with some premium games developers who'll optimise titles for their specs, push their technology and get some killer apps out of it? (Android's openness makes it hard to carve a niche though, and I have no idea what kind of graphics the Cortex A8 is capable of that the A4 isn't.) I'm just saying, out-featuring the iPad - which offers a nicer screen anyway - to justify a premium isn't gonna work.





Whatever. Seems like a missed opportunity. And it's a shame because Samsung are a price conscious company when it comes to their TV business, and it's not like there's no competition in that space.

Charm El Snake

October 4, 2010, 9:53 pm

Am I missing something here - do Samsung really expect us to use a tablet as a phone? It's too big to hold against your head, so I suppose you speak into it and have speakerphone turned on. That's not going to make you very popular on the bus. And bang goes any privacy (or maybe they hope to sell us a hands-free set too). And what happens on a night on the town/down the pub? It's not exactly going to fit into your back pocket.





It needs to be either priced as a secondary gadget (may £300) or sized & featured as a primary gadget. This is neither fish nor fowl. Samsung really deserve to take a financial kicking over this.

Disgrace

October 4, 2010, 10:16 pm

This is going to be a flop without any shadow of a doubt.

Moggy58

October 4, 2010, 10:28 pm

This would have been my first tablet buy but not at that price. Not being interested in the 3G part and only requiring wi-fi i can get a 64GB wi-fi ipad for the same price.


If this had gone head to head with the 32GB wi-fi ipad at £499 it would have been a more likely buy.

Ataripower

October 4, 2010, 10:30 pm

@Zero, Android fanboy here...unfortunately I agree with you here, the pricing is a disgrace and I will not be buying one of these as much as I want to. You have to wonder who makes these decisions in some of these companies, I mean do they actually do any market research to test appetite and at what pricing. The hardware looks awesome and is clearly exceeds the ipad is almost all areas but they have the marketing powerhouse of Apple to deal with and Samsung cannot compete with them so give people an easy pricing decision to make. £399 (16GB) or £449 (32GB) and I would have ordered.....shame

BloodyMary

October 4, 2010, 10:57 pm

>>There is no way that Samsung could justify selling the Tab at a price below the Galaxy S, hence this inflated price


The Galaxy S can be had for £400 sim-free, so this Tab price is £200 more. Seems Samsung have a lot of room to lower the price.

lifethroughalens

October 4, 2010, 11:31 pm

Another pass from me too - that's just plain ridiculous money. Sammy has lost the plot.





Oh the whole though, as I have been saying for years, smart phone hardware is almost as over priced as candy-floss, popcorn & sunglasses, so they had to price this tablet in the stupid zone to make them represent some apparent 'value'.





When these top end tabs, with full functionality, hit the £200-£350 they'll take off. Not before.

Greg Shewan

October 4, 2010, 11:32 pm

@Zero





Don't think so mate... this is one ridiculous case, Apple have many. I wonder what the mark up on the iPhone is... I'm betting close to 65%.





That aside this price really is utterly stupefying! Stelph hit it on the head, Samsung can't justify this being less than a Galaxy S.

piesforyou

October 4, 2010, 11:56 pm

@Zero





Srsly, what?

Runadumb

October 5, 2010, 12:04 am

@ Zero where did that come from? You are the only one talking crap.





Anyway this price cracks me up. As mentioned above, isn't a tablet meant to be a secondary device? A device that sits between your smartphone and laptop? kinda misses the point entirely at that price haha.


I am still stunned by how many units the Ipad has sold and will be even more stunned to see many people picking one of these up, at least, at that price.

Malderon

October 5, 2010, 12:36 am

Network "Subsidies" tend to be interest free credit at best - at least for phones. If you work out simfree + sim only vs "free" phone and 24month contract you often end up worse off.

Malderon

October 5, 2010, 12:36 am

Network "Subsidies" tend to be interest free credit at best - at least for phones. If you work out simfree + sim only vs "free" phone and 24month contract you often end up worse off.

Jay4d0

October 5, 2010, 12:47 am

I think this tab is way over the top of what a tablet should be, if you have your tablet at home for internet surfing in the living room, you do not need a rear camera at all, GPS isn't needed if you use it at home, why the hell would you want a phone in it? (a 3G connection yes but a phone?!) a front camera should be on there for video skype, fring or facetime, there should be a non 3G model for everyone who has no need for take it away from the house,





this is why I've always said that any android tablet should basically be an ipad clone but with a front facing cemera and at least 2.2 for flash (which is required for the *full* internet) but because android is stupidly controled by google (cirtain resolutions are not suported, you have to have 3G to be able to have the google apps ie market!) I have read that 3.0 may fix this but in all honesty when will 3.0 tablets be available? Q1 next year? Q2? it takes so long for manufacturers to update their products it is a joke.





/rant

Moche

October 5, 2010, 1:03 am

iPass; iWon't; or as Victor Meldrew might say - iDontBelieveIT!

GoldenGuy

October 5, 2010, 1:47 am

@Jay





Well that's a catch-22 because Apple take a whole year to refresh their products, and buyers of the previous version still complain they've been shafted out of features at the same price point.

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