The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will become available in the US on June 8, yet just in its Wi-Fi-only form. There’s no word yet on when carrier-specific versions of the tablet, with 3G or 4G radios in tow, will make it to the market – if there will be any carrier-customized versions of this tablet at all.
Unlike last year with the original Galaxy Tab, this time Samsung opted for a model of it selling the devices direct to consumers. The original, 7-inch Galaxy Tab was (and still mostly is) available on all major US carriers, with contracts and subsidies.
It’s not clear why Samsung seems to have changed the strategy this time. It’s also entirely possible that the new Galaxy Tab will eventually launch on all carriers, only time will tell.
Another bit of info that’s missing is the price of the Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab 10.1 that will go on sale on June 8. IntoMobile speculates that it may be $399, which would make it $100 less than the cheapest (and also Wi-Fi-only) Apple iPad. If true, that will surely help drive a lot of sales for Samsung. Unfortunately, so far Android tablets have consistently been more expensive than Apple’s offering, which obviously made competing that much harder. It’s amazing that hardware companies seem not to understand that one of the key factors of Android’s global success has been the fact that most Android smartphones are cheaper in most countries than Apple’s iPhone. It really is that simple.
Let’s hope that at least one manufacturer, Samsung, has begun to grasp the aforementioned concept and will launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at that price. If backed by a good marketing campaign and plenty of advertising, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 then has the potential to jump to the No.1 Android tablet position very, very fast. We’ll see.
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