US to get $349 Samsung Galaxy Tab April 10

Finally undercuts iPad

The end of last month saw Amazon in the UK reveal a new price-tag for the Samsung Galaxy tab which makes it much more competitive with the iPad at £300. Now the US will be getting the same reduction for the Wi-Fi only 7″ device that will undercut the price of the lowest spec’d iPad 2 by $50 at $349.Though it may be getting on a bit now with its single-core processor the Galaxy Tab has already proved itself as a success in its own right and should be appealing to anyone who isn’t bothered about dual-core speeds.

It doesn’t have the Tegra 2 power of the 8.9″ and 10″ Tabs due to be released but in every other respect it can hold its head up high. For the price there’s a generous 32GB of internal memory, 512MB of RAM and two cameras. Powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor the Wi-Fi only Tab will be running Android 2.2 and supports Flash 10.1. For $349 it has a lot going for it and could signal the start of competitively priced yet reasonably spec’d devices.

Several retail stores and websites will be carrying the $349 tab when it is released on April 10. This will be followed not long after by the new Galaxy Tabs as well as Samsung’s equivalent to the iPod touch the Galaxy Player.

The news is badly timed for RIM who’s PlayBook is being released a week later after months of anticipation. The two devices are quite similarly spec’d and though the PlayBook will have a dual core processor its prices start at $399. After many false starts there will now be two tablets which have the level of hardware and pricing to compete with Apple’s iPad in the US. Over in the UK Acer’s Iconia A100 Tab will be launching soon with the PlayBook looking like it will arrive in June.

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