Rumor Round Up: Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming to Sprint and Getting Gingerbread?

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While Samsung’s big Galaxy Tab reveal finally put to rest the countless spec rumors, there are still a few key details missing, not the least of which being mobile carrier and price. While Samsung has been silent on both fronts, the rumor mills are once again turning around the Android tablet with plenty of speculation.

Galax Tab Coming to Sprint?

Samsung Galaxy TabEven though the early rumors pegged Verizon as the Galaxy’s mobile carrier of choice, the latest tablet gossip has Sprint landing the Android-powered device.

Boy Genius Report claimed late last week that they had “heard that Sprint is currently targeting a November release for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet.” The site later updated the scoop to add that it will be a 3G/4G device, meaning the Galaxy Tab could support WiMAX.

BGR offered no details or context, but WiMAX would be a great fit for a device promising HD movie playback and other multimedia entertainment.

Galaxy Tab to get Gingerbread

At TabletPCReview, we’ve long maintained that Android 3.0, codenamed “Gingerbread” will be more tablet friendly than previous Android iterations. With that in mind, it makes sense that the Samsung Galaxy Tab would eventually update from Android 2.2 to 3.0 when Google finally releases the latter.

As with the carrier, Samsung was silent about the update. But speaking with TechRadar, Samsung’s head of product planning WP Hong confirmed that the Tab would get 3.0. “The next platform we’ll be using [on the Galaxy Tab] will be Gingerbread. Depending on our international partners, we’ll be working to upgrade from Froyo to Gingerbread,” he said.

The report also states that Samsung will be working with Honeycomb (possibly Android version 3.5) for future tablet devices, which the company referenced in the original Galaxy Tab press release. 
Smartphone Pricing

Samsung Galaxy TabLastly, and to many, most importantly, Samsung did not disclose pricing. Most likely, the Samsung will sell the Galaxy Tab through a carrier, meaning the device will be subsidized with a data/voice plan and contract, just like a regular smartphone.

The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend that Samsung was in talks with multiple carriers to sell the Android tablet for between $200 and $300, making it at least $200 cheaper than the least expensive iPad keeping the price in line with top-of-the-line smartphones.

WSJ did also write that the final price would vary depending on wireless carrier, but it should be much lower in the States than in Europe. Engadget is reporting rumors suggesting the device will run more than $1,000 in some countries.



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