The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, the compact tablet Sammy showed off at CTIA, will finally be available in the United States on Sunday, Oct. 2.
The Android 3.1 Honeycomb-based tablet was originally set to hit the U.S. market on Sept. 22, when Best Buy began taking orders for the Wi-Fi only device. Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s smaller brethren back in March, where the tablet weighed in at about 470 grams. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will sport an 8.9-inch, 1280 x 800 touchscreen and will feature a 3MP rear-facing camera, in addition to a 2MP front-facing shooter for video chat. The tablet will pack a 1GHz dual-core processor and will run Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI for Honeycomb, an overlay that provides a “Live Panel” for users to customize with shortcuts to apps, photos and social network feeds.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will also support Bluetooth and will come equipped with a microSD card slot, allowing the tablet to store up to 64GB. Samsung’s latest addition to its Galaxy collection comes in two flavors, a 16GB model that will retail for $469 and a 32GB version that will retail for $569.