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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9: pricing, release date, and hands-on

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 is finally being released. We've got a first look and all the pricing details you're after.

  • Joanna Stern

    Sep 26, 2011

    Joanna Stern

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9: pictures and hands-on

    Galaxy Tab 8.9 hands-on
    Galaxy Tab 8.9 hands-on

    As far as software goes, everything I said in the original TouchWiz UX hands-on remains true - there are some helpful tweaks (notably the expanded QuickPanel), but with all the homescreens wallpapered with widgets, there's some obvious lag. Off the bat, I'm going to say it's a nice tablet for those wanting something in between all the 7-inch and 10-inch options, but the $469 price point seems like overload. I'd say $400 would have been a perfect price for it.

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  • Chris Ziegler

    Sep 26, 2011

    Chris Ziegler

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 available October 2nd for $469/$569, Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 coming October 16th

    galaxy tab 8.9
    galaxy tab 8.9

    Next up, the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are coming stateside as well, both running Android 2.3.5 with 802.11b/g/n connectivity, 3.2-megapixel primary cams, and VGA front cams for video chat -- basically, they're Galaxy phones minus the phone part, you just need to choose whether you want a 4- or 5-inch display. Those will be available on October 16th for $229 and $269.

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