updated 10:55 pm EDT, Sat October 9, 2010
Galaxy Tab leak has T-Mo price, iPad comparison
A slip of T-Mobile's marketing material for the Samsung Galaxy Tab tonight may have given away its pricing as well as T-Mobile's strategy for trying to sway iPad buyers. Similar to the Sprint leak, the device would still cost $399 with a contract and after a $50 rebate. TmoNews' copy of the dealer partner sheets would have the Android tablet cost slightly more than the 3G iPad when off-contract, despite the smaller screen, at $650.
To persuade buyers, the carrier told sellers to focus on the device's strong points, albeit with inaccuracies. A side-by-side look points out the front and back cameras, the ability to expand storage with a microSDHC card slot and the support for Adobe Flash as well as the reduced weight from the smaller seven-inch display. T-Mobile claimed the iPad has the same 1024x600 resolution, though, where it has a wider 1024x768 screen.
The similarity in Sprint and T-Mobile pricing hints that AT&T and Verizon will follow suit and that Samsung is taking a significant gamble by going above the estimated $300 for a subsidized model. At $399, the device tied to a two-year plan would be just $100 below a Wi-Fi iPad and would be much more expensive to own in the long term. Samsung has promised a Wi-Fi version but hasn't said how much this would cost. Apple has taken the view that customers won't treat the tablet like a phone and want something without required service.