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Verizon Wireless and Samsung have jointly announced the first official date for a Samsung Galaxy Tab tied to a U.S. carrier. On Wednesday, the two companies said that the Galaxy Tab wil come to Verizon on Nov. 11th, for $599, without a contract.
The Galaxy Tab will come to all four major U.S. carriers, has a 7″ 1024 x 600 screen, is 0.45″ thick, 4.7″ wide, and 7.4″ long. The device will ship with Android 2.2 (Froyo), a Cortex A8 Hummingbird 1GHz CPU, front- (1.3MP) and rear-facing (3.0MP) cameras, and much more more.
So far, leaked pricing for T-Mobile and Sprint has indicated similar pricing for unsubsidized models, but also subsidized pricing of $399 with a two-year contract. Those are, of course, unofficial numbers.
Verizon Wireless also said that the Galaxy Tab would have a 1GB data plan for $20. However, the word “beginning” was inserted into the press release. That would tend to jive with earlier leaked information on Verizon’s upcoming data tiers that said that tablets would have $20, $35, $50 and $80 plans with 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB data caps, respectively.
We would assume that Verizon did not reveal the other tiers to avoid speaking about just that, the upcoming tiers. Those tiers are supposed to be introduced on Oct. 28th.
The pricing is interesting, because Verizon just sales of the iPad (with MiFi, if you want 3G). That means the lowest model iPad will be selling at $629, right next to the Galaxy Tab, at $599. It could be a tough sell.
Remember also that Steve Jobs in his anti-Android tirade on Monday’s Apple earnings call, said that the Galaxy Tab (and any other 7″ tablets) would be DOA. That is, of course, arguable.
You can read the full press release below.
VERIZON WIRELESS PUTS SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB™ IN STORES IN NOVEMBER
October 20, 2010
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab™ will be available Nov. 11 for $599.99. Running on Android™ 2.2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch touch screen; robust HTML Web browsing experience with full support for Adobe® Flash® 10.1 for video and mobile gaming; and a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application processor.
“This is an incredible time in mobile technology, and as a company we’re excited to add the Samsung Galaxy Tab to our portfolio,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab brings together the reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network and the power of Android 2. .2 to deliver on our promise of providing consumers and business customers with a host of options to help manage their lives.”
Popular mobile applications, including V CAST Music and V CAST Song ID, VZ Navigator®, Slacker Radio, Kindle for Android, BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® presented by V CAST Video, and the exclusive golf game, “Let’s Golf,” will be available on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. In addition to text, picture and video messaging, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will also feature V CAST Apps, Verizon Wireless’ mobile storefront offering hundreds of applications for businesses and consumers at launch.
Verizon Wireless customers can add a monthly access plan beginning at $20 a month for 1 GB on their Samsung Galaxy Tab. For additional features and specifications on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, visit www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.