Though the Apple iPad completely dominated the tablet space in 2010, there was one other tablet which is definitely worth a mention – the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It was the only Android tablet that was able to compete (barely, though) with the iPad. It was the most popular Android tablet, with sales of over 2 million units worldwide.
Samsung has already announced two new tablets – the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – which will take over from the Galaxy Tab and compete with the new Apple iPad 2. Both tablets come with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, dual core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB RAM etc.
Now that India is too big a market to ignore (as evidenced by Apple finally launching the iPad 2 here), Samsung seems to be planning to launch the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in India as soon as June 2011. Even the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 is slated to launch either this month, or the next.
“We will launch the 10-inch tablet PC at around Rs 35,000 and the 8-inch device will be priced around Rs 28,000. While the tablet PC market today stands at around 25,000 units a quarter, we expect it to grow exponentially here on.” said Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile and IT, Samsung India, as reported by the Business Standard.
So the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be priced starting at Rs 28,000 while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be priced starting at Rs 35,000. We don’t know which versions – Wi-Fi or 3G, 16 GB or 32 GB yet. Stay tuned for more updates.