If you were reluctant to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab because of the steep price of purchasing a mobile contract along with the device, your lucky day will soon arrive. Samsung has just announced that a Wi-Fi only version of their Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available starting this quarter!
The company claims to have sold 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs globally – that’s no small feat – and the Wi-Fi only version will greatly boost this already large number.
Date and pricing details weren’t included, but we can imagine they will be sold NOT through carrier (no contract) but instead at stores like Best Buy and Radio Shack. But weirder things have happened: Verizon is bundling the iPad with Mi-Fi for example.
Here is the full press release:
SAMSUNG MOBILE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING AVAILABILITY OF WIFI-ONLY SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB™
January 5, 2011
LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2010 —Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, today announced the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab™ will be available for purchase in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2011.
The Galaxy Tab runs on Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) and features a 7-inch TFT display with 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution. The lightweight and sleek device weighs only 13 ounces, is 12 millimeters thin and easily fits in a jacket pocket or purse. . The Galaxy Tab includes 16GB of internal storage and has microSD expansion for up to 32 GB of additional storage. The Tab also supports Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 to deliver an enhanced content experience with access to thousands of Web sites packed with complex Flash-based applications and content. The Galaxy Tab’s Flash content support includes games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, video, music and more. The Galaxy Tab is also designed with a rear-facing 3 megapixel camera for taking pictures on-the-go, as well as a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and camcorder for video chat.
“Samsung has always taken great pride in giving consumers the most choices when deciding which mobile device to make their own,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy Tab’s compact and convenient design makes this device a true mobile tablet perfect for watching a movie, video chat, reading e-book content or emailing while on-the-move or relaxing at your home or office. We’re very excited that the Galaxy Tab recently passed the 1.5 million global shipments milestone.”
Powered by Android 2.2, the Galaxy Tab offers services like Google Maps™ with Navigation (Beta) and Google Goggles™, as well as access to more than 100,000 applications currently available for download on Android Market™. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone portfolio, the Galaxy Tab keep users connected with Samsung’s Social Hub application. Social Hub works with the user’s Messaging and Contacts to initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar ™and social networking services are merged into a single interface for easy organization.
Additional features of the Galaxy Tab include:
– Daily Briefing: Offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and schedules.
– Impressive Expandable Memory: Galaxy Tab can add 32 GB of external memory to store and manage your favorite video content and pictures.
– AllShare DLNA Technology: Take video or pictures shot with Galaxy Tab and send the original content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices (HDTVs, laptops, PC monitors, etc.)
– Document Viewer & Editor: Open and make changes to any Word, Excel, Powerpoint or PDF document
– 4,000 mAh Battery: Super-sized battery provides ample power to watch movies, share content and surf the Web
Now that there is a Wi-Fi only version, will you splurge for the Galaxy Tab?