Samsung Galaxy Tab to Debut on Sprint Nov. 14

Sprint has come forward as the latest carrier to detail pricing and availability for the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab, a tablet computer that some analysts and observers see as one of the more credible competitors to Apple's iPad.

On Monday, Sprint said that it would begin shipping the Android-powered device Nov. 14, for $399 and a choice of a 2 GB data plan for $29.99 a month or a 5 GB plan for $59.99 a month.

Sprint said that it is accepting preorders for the device today.

"Samsung Galaxy Tab is another Android innovation for Sprint, adding a new category of wireless devices to the Sprint portfolio," Fared Adib, Sprint's vice president of product development, said in a statement.

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab through all four major carriers, and positioning the seven-inch device as a contender to Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) dominant 9.7-inch iPad. Verizon Wireless has announced plans to bring the Tab to its retail stores on Nov. 11, selling the device for $599.99 with no contract requirements.

Powered by the Android 2.2 "Froyo" operating system, the Galaxy Tab boasts 3G connectivity, a 1 GHz processor and front- and rear-facing cameras.

The Tab also supports Adobe Flash 10.1, the latest version of the popular media playback software that has emerged as a fault line in the mobile-computing wars, with Apple pointedly barring the technology from running on its devices.

In addition to the carrier availability, leaked signage from Best Buy has also surfaced indicating that the consumer electronics retailer plans to sell both Verizon and Sprint versions of the Tab, retailing for $499.

The Android device comes prestocked with a bevy of Google applications, including a YouTube, Gmail, Google Calendar and Talk.

Also on the productivity side, the device comes equipped with the ThinkFree Office technology that allows users to open and edit documents in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as PDF files.

Kenneth Corbin is an associate editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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