Jan 06 AT 1:18 PM Taylor Wimberly 7 Comments

Samsung announces WiFi-only Galaxy Tab, expands media hub content

This week Samsung finally announced the availability of the long-awaited WiFi-only Galaxy Tab. Best Buy accidentally advertised a WiFi-only version of the Tab last year for $499, but then fessed up that it was a mistake and the release date had been pushed back.

Spec-wise, this is the exact same hardware as the original Tab, minus the 3G connectivity. The WiFi-only Tab will still run Android 2.2 and it should eventually be upgraded to 2.3, but there is no telling how long that will take given Samsung’s track record with software updates.

No exact launch date or pricing was revealed, but that info should be coming soon. I expect we will see the WiFi-only Tab priced around $499, like was originally reported, or hopefully cheaper.

Samsung also announced they expanded the content for their Media Hub with acclaimed films and TV shows. As part of a new agreement with CBS, Media Hub users will be able to purchase single episodes or full seasons of several of its hit drama and reality programs including next day TV programming like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “NCIS,” “The Good Wife” and “Survivor.”

For more information on Samsung Media Hub, visit www.samsung.com/mediahub.

Motorola’s Xoom tablet with Honeycomb will also be coming in the first quarter, but we do not have exact pricing on that either. Clearly the Xoom is the more desirable tablet now (with its dual-core CPU and Android 3.0), so it will be tough to recommend the Galaxy Tab unless Samsung prices it extremely competitively.

What price point do you think Samsung should aim for with its WiFi-only Tab?

Source: Samsung

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  • http://Website Christian

    I think they should go with $250-300. It would br a no-brainer, and they would sell so many. Lol.

  • http://Website mercado79

    Since Verizon dropped the 3g version to $499, this has to come in at $399 or less. Hopefully closer to $300. Still, if it’s not Honeycomb ready, I’ll definitely skip it.

  • http://Website DaveC

    A tablet is a limited use item for me. If this comes in at $399 or less, I would be very interested.

  • http://Website Mike

    I think it should be below $400 since the Galaxy Tab 3G version is now $499.

  • http://Website lordhong

    no more than $300. anyone know Xoom is much better and capable. galaxy tab is stuck with 2.3.

    Samsung is moving too slow to release this wifi-only version. had they released it before the holidays, easily another 2~3 million units sold.

  • qcom

    I will never buy a tablet with a phone OS on it at this point in time.

    No matter how cheap it is.

    I demoed the Tab myself and I actually kind of liked it. I thought it was decent, just a little too much like a giant Galaxy S phone.

    Honeycomb looks amazing. It looks really clean, intuitive and cool.

    Best of all, they took advantage of the larger screen space.

    Only bad thing about the Xoom imo is the apparent lack of a Wi-Fi-only version.

    If one has a Froyo or above Android phone, who needs a data plan for a tablet these days?

    Please Moto, Wi-Fi only!!

  • http://Website DaveC

    I take back my earlier comment. After watching that VZW keynote demo of Honeycomb, it’s 3.0 or bust for me!