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Wi-Fi Only Galaxy Tab to Launch for $399 on April 4th?

Apparently Samsung may not be quite ready to give up on the Galaxy Tab tablet just quite yet. According to a promotional sheet acquired by DroidLife, a Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi only version could be released early next month at a price obviously arrived at to compete with the iPad.

Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi sheet

The above pictured information sheet was being handed out by a Samsung rep at a technology fair.   The information is fairly limited, but if this plan proves to be true, one would have to wonder why the company is bothering.

The original Galaxy Tab was released last Nov. in most territories around the world and has met with mixed reviews due to pricing, the use of Android 2.2 Froyo and the screen size.  The only thing that seems to change with the Wi-Fi only model would be the price.  While the pricing is certainly more attractive at a full $100 less than the cheapest iPad 2, the other major issues aren’t going away.

Android 2.2 Froyo was never meant to run on anything larger than a smartphone, and with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first version of Android built for tablets, now in release, why would anyone bother with this?  Yes, you can easily argue that your average consumer won’t have a clue about the differences between various versions of Android, but those that do are not going to be inclined to pick this up.  Add in that tablets such as the Xoom has ushered in the age of dual-core processors in tablets, and the Galaxy Tab is looking more and more dated by the minute.

Speaking of the Xoom, there seems to be a good chance that Motorola will launch the Xoom Wi-Fi that same week.  Reportedly it will be $539 as opposed to the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi coming in at $399, but which would you pick up given the option?

There is always a chance Samsung will change its mind and not release the Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab, but if they do, we won’t be surprised to see them collecting dust.

What do you think?  Is a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab a good idea at this point?

[via DroidLife]


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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