The Wait is Over: Samsung Announces the Galaxy Tab 8.9by Anand Lal Shimpi on September 26, 2011 6:15 PM EST
When I first met the Galaxy Tab 8.9 in Florida earlier this year I felt like it may be the perfect tablet form factor: small enough to be really portable, while large enough to really be a tablet. Our own Jason Inofuentes is live at Samsung's press event where the company just announced availability of the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab. The new tablet will be available nation-wide starting October 2nd in 16GB and 32GB configurations for $469 and $569, respectively.
The specs of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 are virtually identical to its bigger brother. You still get a 1280 x 800 PLS display, just in a smaller form factor. NVIDIA powers the tablet, Samsung lists the SoC as a dual-core T250S, presumably running at the same clocks as the Tegra 2 in the 10.1.
The weight also drops a bit to 447g. The 8.9 features two cameras (2MP front facing and 3MP rear facing), is WiFi-only and ships with Android 3.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz UX. Battery capacity is listed at 6100mAh. Jason should be getting our review sample in the next hour, expect a quick preview in the next day followed by our usual in-depth treatment next week!
|Samsung 2011 Tablet Comparison|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9||Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1|
|SoC||NVIDIA Tegra 2 (Dual ARM Cortex A9 @ 1GHz)||NVIDIA Tegra 2 (Dual ARM Cortex A9 @ 1GHz)|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce||NVIDIA GeForce|
|Display||1280 x 800 PLS||1280 x 800 PLS|
|Dimensions||230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6mm||256.6 x 172.9 x 8.6mm|
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JohnnyRockets911 - Monday, September 26, 2011 - linkMore than an inch less in viewable screen size and only a $30 price difference?
Who the heck would buy an 8.9 when the 10.1 is only $30 more?
And why isn't this $399?
jordanclock - Monday, September 26, 2011 - linkFor some people, bigger isn't always better?
pcgeek101 - Monday, September 26, 2011 - linkTrue -- for me though, the only reason I'd buy the 8.9 is for inherently higher DPI. Same resolution on smaller screen = win.
surt - Monday, September 26, 2011 - linkAnd waiting and waiting. First one out the gate gets my money.
pcgeek101 - Monday, September 26, 2011 - linkNo one cares about screen resolution :( It makes me sad to see us still in the dark ages.
bennyg - Monday, September 26, 2011 - linkquestion is, wouldya pay a coupla hundred premium for it over a lower res same size model.
OEMs think not enough buyers would, so it don't get built. Bloody good 14" and lower 1080p on laptops still aren't reality except for the $4k Sony Z and not many of them need to be sold at that price for profit to be made.
pcgeek101 - Monday, September 26, 2011 - linkI bought a 15" Dell Inspiron about 7 years ago that had a 1920x1200 matte display. It was incredibly beautiful, and only cost around $1000. Why are we 7 years later and still cannot achieve high resolutions at a low cost?
sprockkets - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - linkThe dpi on your example is the same as the 10.1 Samsung tablet.
lurker22 - Monday, September 26, 2011 - linkHere we go again, moron manufacturers think people will pay iPad prices for non-ipads
Wake me up when its $99
insurgent - Monday, September 26, 2011 - linkEnjoy your everlasting sleep, evreyone else will.