Ever since Apple launched the first iPad two years ago, $499.99 has been viewed as the ‘decent’ entry price for a 10-inch tablet with Wi-Fi connectivity and no 3G/4G data. All subsequent iPads have been priced starting from that point, and many competitors have tried (and many failed) to match it.
$499.99 has become the sweet spot for tablets, much like $199.99 was it for on-contract smartphones (before Verizon started the whole ‘LTE devices should be more expensive’ craze).
So it’s refreshing to see an upcoming 10.1-inch Android tablet have a price of just $399.99. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which has now been priced by Office Depot. There are some caveats here, though.
First of all, despite what its name might suggest, the Galaxy Tab 2 isn’t that much of an improvement over its predecessor, the original Tab 10.1. In fact, the only new thing is the addition of a microSD card slot. Oh, and the successor is thicker than its predecessor (if that makes any sense in today’s mobile world where the general tendency is the exact opposite).
Also, the new Galaxy Tab gets to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from day one (whereas the original Tab 10.1 is still waiting for that update, and it’s anyone’s guess when it will arrive). It has a new design, with bezel-mounted speakers that are supposed to be patent-proof in the fight against Apple.
But that’s it. Nothing else differs from the Galaxy Tab 10.1. There’s still a dual-core 1 GHz processor, a 10.1-inch 1280×800 touchscreen, 1 GB of RAM, a 3.2 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, and a front-facing camera as well.
The second caveat is that the SKU which Office Depot has listed comes with just 8 GB of built-in storage space. With the newly added microSD card slot, that shouldn’t be an issue though, as you can now buy microSD cards on the cheap.
And finally, as much as you may want to, you simply can’t purchase, order, or even pre-order the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 just yet. The latest rumblings on the matter have pegged its release outside of the UK (where it will arrive first) for sometime during May. We’ll keep you posted.