Those shunning the iPad and holding out for the first best Android tablet might have to fork over a good chunk of change for the Galaxy Tab.
While Samsung and the four carriers bringing the device Stateside have been silent on pricing and release details, leaked reports from Sprint suggest the Galaxy Tab won’t be much less expensive than the iPad, which currently costs $500 in its cheapest form (16GB, WiFi).
Users may be expected to shell out $399 with a two-year Sprint data contract, and $599 without. Also, the potential iPad killer will ship November 14th.
Of course, the Galaxy Tab, while smaller than the iPad, offers more functionality, including Flash support and video conferencing with a front-facing camera. Apple iPad fans can counter that the iPad currently has more applications than the Galaxy Tab, which will have access to the growing Android Market.
Compared to the iPad 3G
The unsubsidized Galaxy Tab will be less expensive than the $630 16GB iPad with 3G, which also carriers with it a month-to-month data contract with AT&T ($25 for 2GB, $15 for 250MB). There is no word on how much the Sprint data plan could cost. However, Sprint does offer an “Everything” plan for $70 per month, which includes unlimited data, GPS, and 450 minutes of talk time, which is less expensive than similar plans from AT&T and Verizon.
Sprint has high-end 4G phones with prices approaching the rumored Galaxy Tab price point. An unsubsidized EVO 4G runs $449 ($199 with contract and rebate) and the Samsung Epic 4G costs $499 without a contract ($250 with).
Americans may not have cause to complain, however, considering leaks from Europe suggest a price point hovering near $1,000 converted.