Sep 27 AT 7:37 PM Edgar Cervantes 33 Comments

Samsung announces pricing and availability for Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Players in the US – iPod Touch killers?

samsung galaxy tab 8.9

We hear about new 10-inch tablets and Android smartphones every day, but Samsung has something different for us this time. Yesterday afternoon, Samsung officially announced the pricing and availability for three devices that we have been awaiting for some months now in the US. These are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0.

These are all solid carrier-free options for the American market. Many believe that a 10-inch form factor is not convenient, as it is not as portable as one might prefer. On the other hand, we have the Galaxy Players, which are basically your typical Android devices, except phoneless. This is the first major company to bring the iPod Touch competition on a significant scale, and these should be great devices for those looking for a media device without the hassles of data plans.

Let’s take a closer look at these bad boys:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

This is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s little brother. It comes with all the power and aesthetics that the 10-inch Honeycomb tablet packs, but with a slightly more portable form factor and even better specs. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 measures 8.9 inches diagonally and joins its predecessor as one of the thinnest and lightest tablets around.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 sports a 1 GHz dual-core T250S processor, 1 GB of RAM, a WXGA TFT display (1280×800 resolution), Gorilla Glass, a 3 MP rear-faciong camera, and a 2 MP front-facing camera.

If you want to get your hands on one of these you have just one decision to make and that’s storage size. The 16 GB version will cost $469, while 32 GB will run you $569. Both will be available for purchase on October 2nd, but are available for pre-order right now.

Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0

Both media devices are actually quite similar. The only two differences are that one measures 4-inches, while the other measures 5-inches, and the 5-inch version comes with a whopping 2,500 mAh battery (4-inch device has 1,200 mAh). Other than that, both devices come with a 1 GHz hummingbird processor, Android 2.3.5, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 8 GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot (supporting cards of up to 32 GB).

Definitely not the most amazing specs we have heard of in 2011. We must remember, though, that these devices do not come with phone capabilities. This should improve battery life and performance significantly.

Those thinking of getting an iPod Touch soon should seriously consider these. The larger screens should make this much more enticing for media and games. If you happen to be an Android fan, this will be a no-brainer.

If you want one of these Galaxy Players, you can make them yours for $229 for the Galaxy Player 4.0, and $269 for the Galaxy Player 5.0. They will both be available for purchase on October 16, and pre-orders started today, September 27th.

Wrap-Up

It was definitely time to start seeing smaller Honeycomb tablets popping out. There is also the Acer Iconia Tab A100, or the upcoming Archos G9 tablets, but when it comes to design, it is a tall order to beat these Samsung devices.

Due to the success of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is bound to sell briskly. What about those Galaxy Players, though? Do you think there is a good market for them?

While many of us would prefer these over the very popular iPod Touch, Apple has its name well rooted in the minds of Americans. Do you think that the mainstream consumer would choose one of the Galaxy Players over an Apple media device? Who is going out to get one of these three gadgets?

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Samsung Mobile Announces New Expansion of Galaxy Family with Addition of Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ 8.9 and Samsung Galaxy Playerâ„¢ 5.0 and 4.0

Ultra-thin & powerful Galaxy Tab 8.9 available for pre-order right now; available in stores nationwide on October 2

Galaxy Playerâ„¢ 5.0 and Galaxy Playerâ„¢ 4.0 available for pre-order starting September 27; available nationwide starting October 16

DALLAS — September 26, 2011 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, and Samsung Electronics America today announced the immediate availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ 8.9, along with the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Playerâ„¢ 5.0 and 4.0.

The Galaxy Tabâ„¢ 8.9 joins the Galaxy Tabâ„¢ 10.1 as the thinnest mobile tablets currently available in the U.S. market, measuring at 8.6 millimeters. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 shares many other features and services with the Tab 10.1 including Samsung’s TouchWiz® UX. This unique user interface was created to integrate with Androidâ„¢ 3.1, Honeycomb, to deliver a truly customized and interactive tablet experience. The TouchWiz UX includes:

  • Live Panel: Magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photo gallery, all on the home screen
  • Mini Mode Tray: One-touch overlay access to commonly used applications–Task Manager, Calendar, World Clock, Pen Memo, Calculator and Music Player
  • Clipboard: Advanced copy & paste functionality allows Galaxy Tab 10.1 users to store photos, Web pages, YouTube links, etc., for easy sharing via email and social network sites
  • Indicator Quick Panel: Quickly toggle on/off connectivity, notifications, sound, brightness and settings in lower right-hand corner of the display.
  • Photo Editor: Rotate, crop and adjust colors on high quality digital images

The Galaxy Playerâ„¢ 5.0 and 4.0 offer a premium entertainment experience without the need for cell service, in a choice of form factors that are extremely pocketable. The large 5-inch and 4-inch touchscreens are an excellent option for enjoying games, music, videos, e-books and social media while on the move. The Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 weigh just 6.4 and 4.2 ounces respectively, delivering powerful entertainment, communication and information without the bulk of portable DVD players or laptops. The Galaxy Players are powered by Androidâ„¢ 2.3.5, Gingerbread, complete with a new, streamlined user interface and are enabled with Wi-Fiâ„¢ (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity for quick and easy access to online services and Web search. In addition, the two devices are designed with front and rear cameras for video chat and photography. Both Galaxy Players will support Samsung’s Media Hub content service in the future through a software update.

“These three additions to the Galaxy family of products are impressive examples of our commitment to offering consumers an unrivaled array of choices for entertainment and information on-the-go,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. ”People want their mobile device to fit their lifestyle and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Players offer unparalled power and portability to meet the widest consumer needs.”

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is built with a dual-core T250S processor, WXGA TFT display (1280×800 resolution) fortified by Gorilla® Glass. The portable tablet includes a 6,100 mAh battery for hours of entertainment without needing a recharge. This premium hardware is packaged in a sleek, portable design weighing less than one pound (447 grams).

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is packed with entertainment, productivity and content sharing services to make the device a true focal core of the user’s consumer electronics ecosystem. The list of powerful services includes:

· Samsung Media Hub: Choose from more than 5,000 popular and acclaimed movie and TV titles to download for rent or purchase. Upcoming new release additions to the Media Hub library include “Fast Five,” “Horrible Bosses” and “Green Lantern.” The added service, Media Hub Show, uses an HD Extender to playback content on TV through an HDMI cable from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 dock or adaptor.

· Samsung Music Hub: Choose from more than 13 million songs to download into an intuitive playback system. Music Hub also provides extensive background information, with access to all artist bios, discographies and reviews.

· Samsung Readers Hub: The lightweight design and large display make the Galaxy Tab 8.9 an ideal device to access the Readers Hub robust library of more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 2,300 magazines.

· Social Hub: Users can aggregate email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface through the service’s “Feeds” and “Messages” files.

· Googleâ„¢ Mobile Services: A suite of Google Mobile Services is preloaded on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 including access to more than 250,000 applications on Android Marketâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, Google Searchâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ 5.0 with 3D maps and Google Talkâ„¢ with video and voice chat.

· AllShareâ„¢ service: Provides seamless content transfer between the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTV’s, monitors and digital cameras.

· Rear and Front-facing cameras: The rear-facing 3-megapixel camera and front-facing 2-megapixel camera including flash and autofocus, 1080p video playback and full support of video chat and digital imaging

· Polarisâ„¢ Office: Instant access to documents, spreadsheets and presentations to view and edit while on the move

· Swype: Re-size the keyboard, move the virtual keyboard anywhere on the screen and type faster by swyping

· Mobile Printing: Print documents and pictures wirelessly from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to any compatible printer.

Additional features of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 include:

Enterprise Solutions and Services:

Full support for Exchange ActiveSync version 14
On device encryption
Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Sybase® MDM (Mobile Device Management)
Cisco WebExâ„¢ mobile conference solution for meetings on the go

FindMyMobile:

· If the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is lost or stolen, the user can locate the device on a map, and track it live as it moves, remotely lock the device to prevent unauthorized access and delete personal information stored on the device.

Additional features of the Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 include:

Samsung GALAXY Player 5.0

Network:

WiFiâ„¢ 802.11b/g/n

OS:

Androidâ„¢ 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)

Display:

5” WVGA TFT LCD (800×480)

Camera:

Rear : 3.2MP Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : VGA Camera

Video:

Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback & Recording: 720p HD Video

Audio:

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, FLAC, WAV
3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio and Stereo Speaker

Value-added Features:

  • Android Marketâ„¢
  • Googleâ„¢ Mobile Services : Googleâ„¢ Talk, Googleâ„¢ Maps, Books, etc.
  • Allshare
  • Task Manager
  • Voice Recorder

Connectivity:

Bluetooth® 3.0
Mini USB

Memory:

8GB , microSD slot (up to 32GB)

Size:

3.07 x 5.56 x 0.46 inches

Weight:

6.42 ounces

Battery:

2,500mAh

Samsung GALAXY Player 4.0

Network:

WiFiâ„¢ 802.11b/g/n

OS:

Androidâ„¢ 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)

Display:

4” WVGA Super Clear LCD (800×480)

Camera:

Rear : 3.2MP Camera AF
Front : VGA Camera

Video:

Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback & Recording: 720p HD Video

Audio:

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, FLAC, WAV
3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio and Stereo Speaker

Value-added Features:

  • Android Marketâ„¢
  • Googleâ„¢ Mobile Services : Google Talkâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢, Books, etc.
  • Allshare
  • Task Manager
  • Voice Recorder

Connectivity:

Bluetooth® 3.0
Mini USB

Memory:

8GB , microSD slot (up to 32GB)

Size:

2.53 x 4.87 x 0.39 inches

Weight:

4.27 ounces

Battery:

1,200mAh

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is available for sale nationwide starting October 2 for $569 for the 32GB version and $469 for the 16GB version. The Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 will be available for sale nationwide starting October 16. The Galaxy Player 5.0 will be available for $269, while the Galaxy Player 4.0 will be available for $229. Visit www.samsung.com for additional details on pre-order information.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q2 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Via: Android Central

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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