News of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is slowly popping up in different countries, and apparently, an unlocked model will be more expensive than the iPad wherever you go. Samsung in Australia announced that they’ll be releasing the Galaxy Tab in the country in November, priced at AU$999 (around US$950) for the 16GB model, which is still significantly more expensive than the 16GB Wi-fi and 3G model that’s being sold there for $799.
The high price, has surprised many executives as it is more than 50 percent above the starting price of A$629 for the Wi-Fi only version of Apple’s iPad, which has a 9.7-inch screen compared with the 7-inch display on the Galaxy Tab.
A 3G and Wi-Fi version of the iPad costs $799 (16GB), $929 (32GB) or $1049 (64GB). However reports suggest the cheaper Wi-Fi only version is the biggest seller.
The Galaxy Tab has a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 3G and Wi-Fi connections, two cameras, a microSD card reader and 16GB of storage.
“We have a size advantage because it fits in a pocket, it is a mobile and it has a USB port. It’s also has a camera’s and a flash which the iPad doesn’t have” said a defiant Tyler McGee, as Vice President of Telecommunications at Samsung Australia.
“We have a premium product and we believe this is a fair price”. He added.
While it certainly looks like a premium product, we’re not sure exactly how fair $999 for a 7-inch Android tablet is when the 9.7-inch iPad goes for less. But if it doesn’t sell as much because the iPad suddenly looked even better thanks to its lower price, then we guess that’s fair too.