Rumour: WiFi-only version of Galaxy Tab to launch on April 4?
The rumour mill appears to have been working overtime to produce news about a WiFi-only version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and it seems that yet another juicy bit of information regarding the aforementioned device has started making its rounds in the vast depths of the Internet. Anyone fancy guessing how much the device will reportedly sell for once it hits retail? Well, read on to find out.
Everyone knows that having quick access to a mobile broadband network is one of the key features that no tablet OEM can afford to skimp on today, and for good reason. After all, tablets are meant to be used as a replacement for netbooks under certain circumstances, and the availability (or lack of it) of WiFi hotspots is still a very real issue for those who need an uninterrupted connection to the Internet at all times, even when on the train or on the bus.
With that in mind, how much will the average consumer be willing to fork out of a tablet that only supports online connectivity via WiFi? Well, rumour has it that Samsung has plans to introduce a WiFi-only version of its Galaxy Tab tablet in April 4 this year, and that the device will reportedly retail for US$399.
Sure, it sports a low price tag, but one must also take note that there are going to be various issues and circumstances working against Samsung if the Korean electronics giant intends to use its WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab as a ticket to winning over potential tablet consumers. For one, the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab is rumoured to be shipping with version 2.2 (Froyo) of the Android operating system, which is at least two releases away from the current version of Android known as Honeycomb (v 3.0).
More importantly, one must also take into consideration that Samsung is due to launch its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet soon, and that alone is going to put a strain on its previous-generation Galaxy Tab tablets. After all, consumers usually tend to hold off purchases in favor of what they perceive as a newer and technologically superior product, especially where consumer electronic devices are concerned, even if it means paying a little more for such luxuries.
Last but definitely not least, the rumoured price tag of US$399 for the WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab puts it in direct competition with Apple's first-generation iPad, which is now currently going for sale at the same price level. While Samsung is undoubtedly one of the largest manufacturers of consumer electronic devices, the truth remains that it lacks the same brand recognition and loyalty that Apple enjoys. As such, consumers are more likely to choose Apple's products over Samsung's, especially if price is no longer a factor.
That being said, the aforementioned details about pricing and release date are still but products of the online rumour mill, so readers should take this information with nothing short of a truck's load of salt.
Source: Ecommerce Journal