Thursday, September 16, 2010
At their official press event this evening, Samsung announced that their previously rumored (then official) Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, will soon be available from Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile in the US.
It will reportedly be available "before the holidays" for all carriers, but exact availability and pricing will, of course, be up to the carriers. Carriers will also be the ones to decide contract terms, and will be able to pre-install any apps they choose, similar to the way it's done with the Galaxy S line of phones.
A few things have changed for the US version since the Tab was first announced for Europe. A few of Samsung's custom apps and services won't be available on the US version, presumably because the carriers already offer similar services. But the biggest change is that none of the US versions will be able to do voice calls. The European version can connect to a Bluetooth headset, or use speaker phone to make voice calls, as if it were a large phone. The US versions cannot. They are simply data only. How this will affect contract pricing remains to be seen. Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version is coming sometime in the future.
Expect official announcements and more details from all four carriers over the next few weeks. For now, be sure to check out Engadget's coverage here, here, and here, as well as coverage by all the excellent Android blogs linked to on the side of this site.