Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Tab 8.9, a new Android tablet with an 8.9 inch display. As expected, the tablet will run Google Android 3.0 Honeycoomb, weigh just under a pound, and come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 ill be the first Samsung tablet to feature Android 3.0 and a new version of Samsung’s TouchWiz customization.

The tablet is a hair thinner than the Apple iPad 2 and features a higher resolution 1280 x 800 pixel display and a dual core 1 GHz NVDIIA Tegra 2 processor.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will have a front-facing 2MP camera and a rear-facing 3MP camera with autofocus and an LED flash. The tablet will come in WiFi only and 3G versions.

Like other Samsung Android phones and tablets, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will have hardware support for MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DiVX and Xvid video with support for 1080p HD video playback and 720p HD video recording.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is due out this summer, with a starting price of $469 for a WiFi-only model with 16GB of storage. A 32GB model will run $569.

Samsung also announced the pricing and availability for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet with a 10.1 inch display. It will launch on June 8th with a 16GB model priced at $499 and a 32GB model for $599.

The folks at Engadget and Android Community have posted some hands-on photos, comparing the tablet to the Motorola XOOM, Apple iPad, and other tablets.

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6 replies on “Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to launch this summer for $469 and up”

  1. these tablets look pretty awesome. 7 inch is a tad small, and so maybe 8.9 is the perfect size.

  2. So. . . the exec at Samsung was being sarcastic when he made his comments about the iPad 2.

    Looks like Samsung one-upped Apple’s iPad 2 in every way. Looks like the 10.1″ is even thinner and lighter.

    Touchwiz will be an upgrade so it will come with stock Honeycomb. Touchwiz looks like it actually adds a few nice features to Honeycomb in a non-intrusive way.

    However, does look like they are using a proprietary port–that sucks Samsung!!!!!!!!!!!

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