Apr 06 AT 2:24 PM Clark Wimberly 27 Comments

WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab priced $349, releasing next week

If you follow the comments on most blogs reporting on almost any tablet, you’ll notice a steady stream of users clamoring for a WiFi-only version. It seems like a pretty large chunk of people don’t want the extra device costs and especially don’t want another monthly carrier bill. It seems Samsung is finally listening and is gearing up to release a WiFi-only version of the popular 7-inch Galaxy Tab in several retail locations and online as early as next week.

On April 10, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available for $349 from various retailers and while the specs have stayed mostly the same (Android 2.2, 7-inch TFT display) we thought the WiFi-only option might get some of you excited. Anyone considering picking this thing up? Check the press release below for more details.

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DALLAS, April 6, 2011–Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, announced today that several retail stores and Web sites will carry the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ by April 10, offering customers the opportunity to buy this powerful and compact mobile tablet for $349.99. Consumers can visit http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab for a complete list of retail outlets selling the WiFi Galaxy Tab.

The Galaxy Tab is powered by the Androidâ„¢ 2.2 platform and has a 7-inch TFT display with a 1024 x 600 resolution. The super-light and sleek device weighs just 13 ounces, is 12 millimeters thin and easily fits in a pocket or purse. The Galaxy Tab includes 32 GB of internal storage and offers microSD expansion to allow for up to 32 GB of additional storage.

“We are excited to have the WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab join our growing portfolio of Galaxy-branded devices,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Mobile. “The 7-inch Galaxy Tab is the first truly mobile tablet on the market, allowing users to comfortably hold the device in one hand while typing or navigating the Web with the other.”

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • http://Website Ness

    Is anyone else thinking of the eee pad, considering it’s only 50 bucks more?

    • http://trueacu.com acupunc

      Not only Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer but Acer’s 7″ tablet looks a lot better and I think it’s around $350. Samsung just lost it all together with this thing.

      • http://www.quickandroid.com(underconstruction!) Sri

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      • http://www.quickandroid.com(underconstruction!) Sri

        I am planning to get the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer – along with the keyboard.

  • http://Website Dnar56

    I’d rather take my chances with Pam Anderson than mess with all the buggy crap samsuck puts out.

  • http://Website Ichigo

    Who cares about the galaxy tab?

  • http://Website gad

    Sometimes i wonder why this companies release their wfi version months after the 3G version.What point are they trying to make. Can’t they learn from Apple. Is it a crime to to release both versions at the same time?
    Motorola is making the same mistake,and shall pay for it.

    • http://Website Daniel

      In the case of Samsung, they simply couldn’t. The Android Compatibility Definition Document required some form of telephony radio, so the only way to release a Wi-Fi-only tablet would be not to include any Google apps, and a Market-less product simply has no appeal.

      The CDD was updated a couple months ago, though, so it’s a mistery why they didn’t release this thing earlier.

  • http://Website vasra

    “1024 x 600″

    FAIL.

  • Noice

    The comment quality of this board has reached a point of embarrassment. Now I am forced to Cut & Paste articles instead of link when emailing interesting news to people.

    A sad, sad, sad community this has become.

    To manufacturer-trollbois, youtube educated dimwits and text-message-only Shakespeares – get a life.

    • pechano

      Hear Hear. That’s what lack of moderation does to a site.

      • http://Website Mark

        Speak for yourself. I like to hear opinions from all side. Just because you’re not hearing what you WANT to hear doesn’t mean someone should get censored.

        However, if you’re speaking about the trolls like that Apple dick sucker Ben from Georgia then I fully support censoring for idiots like him.

        • Noice

          It has nothing to do with agreeing or not agreeing… I don’t want to be in an echo chamber of people who agree with me.

          It’s the people who feel the need to ramble on like any manufacturer is complete garbage or the epitome of pristine brilliance. It’s f****g shill garbage, whether valid or not. Couple that with 10,000 dipshits of 6th grade reading level expressing their opinion based upon what they’ve simply read from other similar dipshits comments.

          It’s an echo chamber of asinine comments, all with a good guy and a bad guy and none of it providing any actual debatable information (or even contribution) about the article’s topic.

  • http://www.medicalpowerattorney.com medical

    Let there be freedom of speech. Hope galaxy tab would be fascinating after its launch.

  • http://Website Mike Wong

    It’s kind of late for Samsung to release the WiFi only version of Galaxy Tab 7 inch. They should’ve done that when they released the 3 G version.

  • http://Website Nick

    While it may be a bit late to the party, the WiFi Tab is certainly a great deal considering that it’s $250 cheaper than the XOOM. I think Samsung’s simply trying to stay in the 7 inch game sales of the 3G Tab will die once Acer and HTC release their 7 inch tablets in the next month or two.

  • http://Website Ratmuscle

    Arguing over that internet is like winning at the special olympics. Even though you win, you’re still retarded.

  • http://Website heeros

    it’s too little too late. They waited too long. Most tabs coming out now, or in the near future, have better specs.

  • http://Website Don

    I understand the problem with releasing it so late in the game. The thing everybody has to remember is some people could care less about the specs. They don’t need dual core or 3D they just need a tab for everyday situations. Did they price it a little high yes, but again some people don’t care. Not everyone is as hardcore about it as we are. Let’s face it some are just going to buy it to use it for an e-reader and to play angry birds.

  • http://Website Anna Martinez

    LOL you can get a superior iPad 1 for this price!

  • http://Website Matthew

    I don’t get why a company as huge and rich as Samsung took so long to react to the market and release this thing. Smells like poor management. Hopefully things are on the right track over there now for the 10.1 release. The fact that there is no announcement for this thing to get 3.0 and samsumg’s history of slow updates makes me wary of investing in future products.

  • http://Website Chris

    No. I already have an iPad and a Xoom tablet and I just submitted the order for the BlackBerry PlayBook :-)

  • McLovin

    Is the battery user replaceable?

  • http://www.technews5.com jack

    1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, announced today that several retail stores and Web sites will carry the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ by April 10, offering customers the opportunity to buy this powerful and compact mobile tablet for $349.99
    http://www.technews5.com/2011/04/samsung-wi-fi-only-galaxy-tab.html

  • http://Website Josh

    Looking in on the situation. All of the tablets are a bad buy if you want to get technical. I found all of them sub par to actuall tablet computers. Why dont we let ourselves be the judge. I plan on picking one up for myself just to see what its all about. I think you all should do that as well. If you dont like it, return it, then complain. Thanks

  • http://Website dick van cock (netherlands)

    >>THAT DIDNT TAKE LONG!
    TALK ABOUT EPIC FAIL FIRESALE!!
    SAMSUNG GOT PWNED BY APPLES IPAD!!!>>

    i think you are spot-on, this tablet is junk.