There is no official answer yet from Samsung, but there have been rumblings about what the price might be.
The Motorola Xoom, a nearly identical tablet, is being released this month in Wi-Fi and 3G/4G for $600 and $800 respectively. It will be the first tablet released with Android’s new Honeycomb operating system and will have it exclusively for a short period of time. Because of Motorola’s exclusivity, it can afford to charge slightly more for the tablet. Once the other Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets come to market, it is safe to say the prices will get a lot more competitive.
The original Galaxy Tab launched for around $600 for the Wi-Fi + 3G variant. Motorola’s Xoom will be $600 just for the Wi-Fi only version. Samsung can charge $600 maximum for their Wi-Fi only version because of this. They can however get away with charging $700 for the Wi-Fi + 3G model. With a two year contract, it will probably run for about $400 though.
Samsung dropped the ball on the Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab the first go around (which has yet to be released), but hopefully they will pick up their game and release a Wi-Fi only version of their second generation tablet at the same time as the Wi-Fi + 3G version.
So will the Galaxy Tab 10.1 cost more than its predecessor? Yes and no. The Wi-Fi + 3G model will likely be about $100 more than the $600 found on the original. However if Samsung releases a Wi-Fi only version, it will be the same price as the original or lower.
How much are you willing to pay for the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
P.S. – If you are interested in learning more about the Motorola Xoom, a good friend of mine launched a website dedicated to it.