Galaxy Tab 8.9

Galaxy Tab 8.9 up for preorder… with shipping date

That’s right boys and girls, the elusive Galaxy Tab 8.9 is finally about to land on US shores. Note that this is not the 1.5 GHz LTE model, but instead the 1 GHz Wi-Fi only model. That might be a disappointment for some, but it is what was promised by Samsung earlier this year.

Best Buy has them up for pre-order now for $469.99 and $569.99 for 16 GB and 32 GB respectively. That is $30 cheaper than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it is more portable. Which is better? That is for you to decide when they ship out between September 25th and 30th.

Source: Best Buy (1), (2)

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Galaxy Tab Torn Down

Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab has a Different Processor and GPU

On the outside the cheaper Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab seems to be exactly the same as the original Galaxy Tab sans the 3G radios, but that is not the case. For some reason Samsung chose not to include their 1 GHz Hummingbird processor. When the Galaxy Tab first came out, the price of the processor was estimated at around $8. Hardware prices always go down as time goes by, so it could easily cost around $5 or $6 by now. Even if the weaker chipset Samsung included in the Wi-Fi Tab was free and the Hummingbird chip cost $8, it is unacceptable for Samsung to choose to cripple the device for $8 more profit.

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