Samsung had promised a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab during the time of its launch last year and when the high initial price tag of the tablet used to be the talk of the town. There were not many reputable alternative to the iPad then and the Galaxy Tab hit all the right check boxes in the consumer’s wish list. Except one – its price which was blamed to be the single most important factor that prevented it from being a success story it otherwise could have been. Samsung then had countered that with its promise of a Wi-Fi only version of the 7 inch tablet that would cost less than its 3G enabled counterparts.
Its good to see Samsung living up to the promise with company sources revealing they might have the Wi-Fi version ready for a release on the 4th of April. What is also good to see is that the original Galaxy Tab continues to be in the focus and is not being meted out second class treatment now that the company is busy preparing a bigger 8.9 and 10.1 inch tablet with the later we known will have Honeycomb as the default operating system.
The new Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab will be priced at $399. However, while that is affordable, it might a case of too little too late as the world has moved on significantly in these few months. Like the more potent Honeycomb has come into the picture while dual core processors are fast becoming an industry standard for the new tablets. In comparison, the 7 inch Galaxy Tab is based on Android 2.2 Froyo and is powered by a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor. While these new breed of tablet are more expensive, perhaps a little lower priced Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab would have made more sense.
via droid life