After watching Motorola’s Xoom overprice themselves out of the tablet wars, it looks like Android fans have tablet that can actually challenge iPad 2 beyond the specs sheet.
While GalaxyTab 8.9’s Â thinness will definitely appeal to the masses, it’s price could make the Android tablet a hit amongst consumers.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will come sporting 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB 2.0 connectivity and Samsung also expects to offer the tablet with HSPA+ 4G support later this year.
Samsung will offer the Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi in two flavors initially, $469 for 16GB and $569 for 32GB, and says we can expect to see them hit store shelves this summer. (Mobile Burn)
While Samsung has yet to launch GalaxyTab 8.9 to the public (which will hopefully make a debut this summer), it looks like we may have the first real alternative to Apple’s tablet that isn’t half of iPad 2’s size.
If successful in the market, GalaxyTab could inspire more Android developers to make tablet friendly apps, helping to boost Google’s dismal app numbers (at least for those designed for tablets).
While it’s doubtful that GalaxyTab 8.9 will kill off iPad 2 (as the latter boasts over 65,000 apps), Samsung’s tablet could easily secure the silver, helping the company survive underneath Apple’s shadow.
Note: Mashable isÂ reporting that the prices will beÂ $499 and $599 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models, respectively, although regardless it looks like Samsung is determined to challenge Apple upon the tablet front.
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