Samsung Galaxy Tab Rumored To Launch

While we’ve got a pretty good idea as to what kind of pricing we might see with the Galaxy Tab, the one piece of information we didn’t have was exactly when we would need to break open the piggy bank. Well have no fear, TmoNews is here! See what I did there, I rhymed? Ok well its Friday evening and I’m running out of jokes but what’s not a joke is the above image and its alleged release date of the 10th of November for the Galaxy Tab. While the image itself isn’t T-Mobile corporate and comes via a T-Mobile dealer ninja, we’ve been able to confirm with our corporate side ninjas that the 10th is spot on as the penciled in release date. With a possible $399 price point that leaves you about 2.5 weeks to scrounge for loose change under the couch to plunk down for this 7 inch bad boy.

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  • Vibrant Guy

    I will be getting it…nice.

    • BW

      I can’t wait to get mine.

  • Galen20K

    isn’t that a day before Verizon launches theirs? or am I wrong? I’ll check it out but not sure if I will get one, looks really nice tho.

    • jymmyb

      will b root i can bet for that, the only thing that we need to see is it will have the hardware to support phone line…… i will wait at least two moths if not less, anyway i will know before but until them NEEEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mmeyer4663

    $649 for dealer cost which is the unsubsidized price?

  • jordannn

    i thought this was supposed to have a 3mp back camera

    • achilles

      Sanding site agrees with you. It has a 3mp rear camera.

  • JP

    This and the MTHD. Can’t wait.

  • fidget

    nice, if you can have multiple devices share one data plan….otherwise I’ll wait for wifi only edition.

    • Ali

      Just buy it outright if you want to use wifi only…

  • HD2/Vibrant/G2 USER

    Android on a tablet is a waste, it will just be a big phone.

    • prower

      then the same is the ipad

  • http://soapboxuniverse.blogspot.com/?spref=gb Mr Cker

    I can’t make a full decision until I see reviews of the WebOs tab. I need to see the HP slate perform as well. Not ready to commit to this yet. I like the fact that WP7 can sync to mac (coming soon).

    Stay thirsty my friends!

  • JYMMYB

    few words……….no phone line feature NEEEEEEEEEEEXT!!!!!!!

    • Keine

      its a tablet, not a phone. ITS A TABLET NOT A PHONE. You already have 4 inch screens that you are going to lug around, why do you want something bigger?

  • Joel

    If this is the planned release date, it will probably be pushed back. But I’m still extremely excited about it!

  • Al

    a question for all the GENIUS in here. Do u guys think it can be rooted ( if thats the right term ) for phone use ??????

    • jymmyb

      will be root i can bet for that… anyway the problem is if will ave te hardware to do phone line… i will know very soon do… but so far so NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXT!!!!

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Your question should really be addressed to “any criminals in here.”

      If someone cracked, hacked or rooted the Tab to make calls, the carrier would be able to tell you are making unlawful calls from a cracked tablet. (Yes, it’s unlawful because that would be a crime, theft of services. This would be as serious as copying movies and providing them for download on the Net. The typical user does not do that, so they are not going to be so quick to hack or crack a Tab, especially when where his or her crime would be discovered quite quickly.)

      Regardless of this being a crime (and that some people in here will brag that they are going to do this anyway, a dumb thing to admit on the Net), making calls, if not allowed, all depends on what’s inside and what measures a carrier orders from Samsung to make sure it can’t be hacked, cracked or rooted, to make phone calls.

      Since carriers do not want users defeating device protections to make “unauthorized” phone calls, carriers, including T-Mobile could order the Tab without the hardware to make calls or have a chip or code that acts as a padlock on calling features. (The best way to prevent unauthorized calls is to not include the hardware, and to assure that nothing can be connected to the Tab’s ports to circumvent the hardware’s limitations or restrictions.)

      As to motive, if a carrier wants to market this as an [i]additional[/i] device that will require an additional phone and/or data line for functionality, manufacturers will design it so that you absolutely can’t use this on the same phone line as your cell phone, for example. (As you know, it is physically impossible to use two phones on one line.)

      Sidenote: I suspect that some people assume that XDA can work miracles. In 2006-2008 that might have been accurate, when manufacturers and carriers had yet to address all the ways phones could be hacked and cracked. Nowadays, carriers simply order up phones without the hardware or hardware locks making it impossible to root phones.

      For example, the T-Mobile Vibrant, unlike some other Samsung Galaxy S phones, does not have FM radio hardware. So no amount of software or tinkering over at XDA is going to get the FM radio on a Vibrant since the FM hardware does not exist. (This was not like the Touch Pro2 that debuted without FM radio software, but the hardware (FM receiver) was on the motherboard. It took about one day for XDA to provide the FM radio app to T-Mobile Touch Pro2 users.)

      Sidenote: Why would T-Mobile not want FM radio hardware on its phones? I submit it’s one word… profits. A physical FM radio does not use bandwidth. Using it is no different than using your standalone FM radio. By not including it, you are forced to use on the Net radio apps, that uses up your data. (I have read some people in here saying that Pandora uses a significant amount of MB with just a few hours use.)

      By the way, a second line of defense on this is on the carrier side. For example, T-Mobile can access your phone line and easily determine which phone you are using at the moment. So too will they set up its computers to sound an alarm is someone is using a cracked or hacked Tab. (People are naive if they think T-Mobile does not have software that monitors your every use of your phone, not just phone calls.)

  • Sureitis

    Here is the REAL info.

    2 Versions 16GB and 32G (internal only…both also have micro sd card slot)

    16Gb version is $199.99 with 2 year agreement and $40 a month unlimited plan
    32 GB version is $299.99 with 2 year agreement and $40 a month unlimited plan
    It will be able to get insurance also, unlike the netbook. Insurance is $5.99 per month with $130 deductible

    5mp camera/720p HD recording, 1.3 mp infront

    Can be used to video call over Tango, Yahoo, etc using 3G and WIFI

    Launch date is November 3rd not the 10th.

    It can be rooted

    They will not be releasing a WIFI only version, Q2 2011

    That looks like it covers all your concerns….oh and if you want to know how i know this…let’;s just say I know a guy.

    PEACE

    • Al

      my phone is paid for. Will they allow me to drop off the data packager from my phone?? I will just have the phone for calls n Text messaging and get unlimited on pad

      • tito puente

        Yeah once ur phone is paid off you can remove the data plan.

      • mikeeeee

        @al, just go on ebay and buy a cheapo phone that has all the stuff you need except data.

        that’s what i’m going to do.

        2 line family plan with the TAB on 1 line and my cheapo phone on the other.

        this way i can do my talking on a small device and my surfing on a bigger one.

      • achilles

        Several errors! It only has a 3mp rear camera. Recording is 720 * 480. See Samsung website.

      • achilles

        It only has 3mp rear camera and it does not record in hd, but can play it. See Samsung website

  • SamsungPeeps

    Here is the REAL info.
    2 Versions 16GB and 32G (internal only…both also have micro sd card slot)
    16Gb version is $199.99 with 2 year agreement and $40 a month unlimited plan
    32 GB version is $299.99 with 2 year agreement and $40 a month unlimited plan
    It will be able to get insurance also, unlike the netbook. Insurance is $5.99 per month with $130 deductible
    5mp camera/720p HD recording, 1.3 mp infront
    Can be used to video call over Tango, Yahoo, etc using 3G and WIFI
    Launch date is November 3rd not the 10th.
    It can be rooted
    They will not be releasing a WIFI only version, Q2 2011
    That looks like it covers all your concerns….oh and if you want to know how i know this…let’;s just say I know a guy.

    PEACE

  • SamsungPeeps

    Here is the REAL info.
    2 Versions 16GB and 32G (internal only…both also have micro sd card slot)
    16Gb version is $199.99 with 2 year agreement and $40 a month unlimited plan
    32 GB version is $299.99 with 2 year agreement and $40 a month unlimited plan
    It will be able to get insurance also, unlike the netbook. Insurance is $5.99 per month with $130 deductible
    5mp camera/720p HD recording, 1.3 mp infront
    Can be used to video call over Tango, Yahoo, etc using 3G and WIFI
    Launch date is November 3rd not the 10th.
    It can be rooted
    They will not be releasing a WIFI only version, Q2 2011
    That looks like it covers all your concerns….oh and if you want to know how i know this…let’;s just say I know a guy.

    PEACE

  • mtnman

    Can’t make calls on it, so it’s just an over-sized version of my Vibrant w/o calling. I’ll pass.

    • thaghost

      +10

    • jymmyb

      So fae the info over features said not period….. will need to see….!

    • Xitment

      I agree mtnman. What is the point if you can’t make calls? I already have a laptop and live in an area where you can always find Wifi.

    • Ali

      It’s a tablet. As in a tablet PC. As in a small computer. This is to appeal to and expand the mobile broadband base on T-Mobile.

    • bleh

      its not supposed to make phone calls! its a TABLET!! you know kinda like an iPad but better?!?

  • martylat

    wonders if it will work with hspa+

    • zazou

      From what I understand, no hspa+…

  • Xitment

    I would buy it if you could place calls with it, I would love to replace my G1 with a tablet. I can’t see paying for a Android tablet and a phone! Too much money in this economy!

  • Dominick

    hmmm this or the playbook..?? My only thing i dont like about the playbook is there nor 3g which isnt good.and woww 40$ a month pretty high. if it 30$ ill do it

    • Ali

      From what I understand the $40 covers your data & texting as it’s bundled into one plan. The $30 data plan, believe it or not, is discounted as a package because stand alone is $40.

      • sean

        texting is not included in stand alone data (web & email only). keyword being stand alone. it’s $10 add on.

  • mikeeeee

    199 for the cheapo model is a bargain.

    with this and a good cheapo phone on a family plan it’s only 10 bucks more a month than an ANDROID phone by itself.

    i’ve been schlepping around 2 devices for over 2 years now and will do it s’more if the price point is right.

    cellphone for calls, TAB for heavy lifting.

    imagine having google navigation on a 7″ screen hanging off your dashboard or swyping out emails on it or posting comments on t-mo news on it.

  • AC

    how soon will Samsung upgrade the tab to gingerbread?? that’s what i like to know.

    • John

      Yeah, because gingerbread has already been released…oh wait it hasn’t. Quit worrying about os updates, with odin you can be a retarded monkey and get froyo on a vibrant.

  • PimpStrong

    While I do want phone functions on this device, that would mean it would be like $800 like the Euro version. I still just want w WiFi only version for around $500 tho.

  • RockHead

    After Samsung’s lousy support of the Vibrant, I’m not going to jump on this… Maybe after root and good 3rd party ROMs. If the $199 is right though, that’s a deal.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    The Tab was talked about on the news this week. The anchor/commentator said that the price point without agreement was speculated to be “about $600.”

    He then said to a co-commentator words to the affect:

    “That seems over-priced for what this is. This has Android on it, that is good for a cell phone, but I don’t know about that being on a computer.

    And it seems to me that to compete with the iPad the price needs to be half that, since most people already have a notebook or netbook. To compete against the iPad these tablets without a contract should be priced at $300 to $350 and no more.”

    The co-commentator agreed.

    Not saying anything much about this, except that it was in the news and it’s interesting the misinformation media disseminates to millions of listeners
    over the airwaves.

    The public gets the perception that the Tab is technologically the same as the iPad (the Tab is far superior) and the only factor listeners need consider is price.

    And once again the media puts Apple on a pedestal against which all things are compared. (Since tablets have been around for years, I concede it’s impressive that in 2010 Apple can successfully create interest in a device more limited than tablets on the market five years ago.)

  • Josh M.

    Here is my issue with the tab, of course i’ve come to this conclusion after reading all about it.
    1. At $600-$650 rumored retail price, It doesn’t challenge the Ipad, which starts at $499 (without required contract, galaxy tab can be had for $300 with required contract, but seriously who wants a contract? definitely not me)
    2. Froyo 2.2 as said by google, is not optimized for use on tablets.
    3. Rumored market not compatible (will actually see if this is true when launched)
    4. my experience with Ipad in store, simply amazing.

    Someone’s gotta get it right, aside from apple.
    I’m not taking anyone’s side, long live the consumer (that would be you and I), apple seems to be doing just a little bit better job at tending to us

    • ConceptVBS

      1) $499 is for the Wifi only version. Galaxy Tab has Wifi + 3G for $600-$650.
      A Wifi only version will be released with a cheaper price.

      2) What makes Froyo 2.2 “not optimized for use on tablets”? Name me one feature that prevents it from being an “optimized tablet OS”. I bet you can’t because it has ALL THE FEATURES OF A TABLET OS.

      3) Market “not compatible”? Google changed their stance on Android market. No need for 3G radio to have Market enabled.

      4) Psh.. additional gimicks with an overpriced stores layout paying for the decorations.

      Lets see if iPad can do this:

      • Josh M.

        1. We will see when released. Oh and no one wants a 2 year contract on a tab.
        2. Hugo Barra, director of mobile products at google said so, do a search on “android 2.2 no optimized for tab” and read the billions of articles on it. Like I said ive read this.
        3. Once again, do a search and read the articles, ill still wait until its launched to check it out in person.
        4. I wouldn’t consider it a gimmick if they have a winning formula which consumers are happy with it. I don’t think its overpriced.
        Btw, it doesnt matter if ipad can do that, it does the things it does very well.
        I’d like to buy a galaxy tab to accentuate my vibrant, but only if its launched at $300 no contract (wifi). If not, they can keep it.

  • achilles

    Why does the info show a 5mp camera on the tab. This is not true. Th Samsung website clearly states a 3mp rear camera.

    • bleh

      maybe t-mobile’s version has a 5MP Rear camera? who knows!

  • deceptivesmiles

    Too exspensive. I don’t have any experience w/ the Vibrant so I can’t make any comments in regards to the likeness. I’m still hopin I see one from HTC Q1 of next year. I would have more confidence in an HTC device than a Samsung going off of preference and comments comparing this to the Vibrant

  • Deke218

    Wait, $40 a month data and no HSPA+? Thanks but no thanks. Can’t understand why T-Mobile is still bring new devices to market without HSPA+. I was all set to get the HD7 but no HSPA+ = no sale.

  • http://netbook-planet.com/ Steven

    This is pretty pricey I’d rather just get one off-contract