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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Now Available to Pre-Order, Launches Oct. 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9If you’re a fan of the Samsung Galaxy Tab but find that 10 inches is just too much for you, then you’ll be pleased to hear the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is finally available to pre-order, and will begin hitting U.S. stores from Sunday, October 2.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 was first announced at CTIA a full six months ago — along with a redesigned version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 — and could be the perfect slate for those who want a teeny tiny tablet. Despite its compact form factor, however, like many of Samsung’s devices the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is dressed to impress.

That 8.9-inch WXGA display is made up of robust Gorilla Glass and boasts a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. At just 8.6mm thick, the device is also thinner than the iPad 2, and just as impressive on the inside:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Specs

  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • TouchWiz UI
  • 8.9-inch WXGA display (1280 x 800)
  • NVIDIA Tegra 250 T20 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 3-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 720p video recording
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital Compass
  • 6,000mAh battery
  • 8.6mm thick
  • 1.03 pounds
  • Bluetooth 3.0

The first models to launch in the U.S. will be the Wi-Fi-only 16GB and 32GB models, which will start at $469 and rise to $569 respectively. There’s currently no word on when the 3G-capable device will launch, or release dates for other territories, but we’d advise you to get in quick if you want one — just in case Apple attempts to get it banned.

I think the Galaxy Tab 8.9 looks like a very impressive device. That list of specifications gives rival tablets — such as the iPad — some stiff competition, and if you prefer a smaller tablet, this looks like it will be one of the best available from Sunday.

What do you think of the Galaxy Tab 8.9? Will you be buying one?

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...