Price War Starts as Samsung Galaxy Tab Release Looms

samsung_galaxy_tabDifferences in prices start to emerge as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a tablet computer, becomes available in the United States in early November.

With a 7-inch screen display, retailer Best Buy and Bing shopping has put a 499 USD price tag on the device. Last week, carrier Verizon Wireless announced that they will sell the product for $599.99 bundled with a pay-as-you-go data plans at a minimum of $20 per month for 1GB. Their release date is November 11. Meanwhile, carrier Sprint announced Monday, October 25, that they will sell the Galaxy Tab by November 14 at 399 USD with a two-year contract and a broadband plan of a minimum of $29 per month for 2 GB.

Tablet computers are hitting the market ahead of the holidays. Last week, HP announced the Slate 500 which will be sold at 799 USD. This one has the business market as the target. Current leader Apple iPad has a cost starting at 499 USD.

Galaxy Tab is using the Android 2.2 while the Slate 500 will be operated by Windows 7. The iPad uses the iOS.