Barring another manufacturer sneaking in from out of left field the Samsung Galaxy Tab is going to be the first Android tablet to launch with official support for the Android Market and it should be a pretty hot commodity as a result. The device has been praised by most that have handled it, but the one piece of information that has remained shrouded in mystery is: “How much is it going to cost?”
Swedish carrier Telenor has come forth with their take on the Galaxy Tab pricing at a very palatable free on a 2-year contract and a considerably less exciting $609 (adjusted to U.S. dollars) on a one-year contract. The catch on that “free” deal is that you are staring down the barrel of a $55 a month data contract which brings the cost of ownership up to $1,320.
Amazon UK has it on pre-order for £599.99 marked down from a supposed retail price of £799.99. Rumors have been circulating that U.S. Samsung executives have suggested anything from $200 to $400 after subsidies. Lets hope its closer to the former than the latter, but with the Galaxy S phones being offered at either $200 or $250 it seems unlikely that what basically amounts to a larger version of those handsets is going to come in any cheaper.
My take on the pricing is that the retail basically has to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $600 as Samsung must know that they have to undercut the iPad with the WiFi only version that they claim will launch at a later date and they will be hard pressed to justify anything much more than a $100 discrepancy between the retail pricing of the 3G and WiFi only version. As for the monthly data costs lets really hope that the carriers stick pretty close to the $25 a month iPad plans as anything more than that and the Galaxy Tabs may just find itself in a landfill next to all those pesky the Kins.