If you’re using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, 7.0 Plus or 7.7, your upgrade away from Android 3.2 Honeycomb to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming real soon. According to Sammobile, Samsung will be rolling out Android 4.0 ICS update for the following tablet models beginning July onwards:
GT-P6210 Galaxy Tab 7.0 PLUS WIFI
GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 PLUS WIFI + 3G
GT-P6810 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI
GT-P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI + 3G
GT-P7310 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI
GT-P7300 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI + 3G
GT-P7510 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI
GT-P7500 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI + 3G
With the recent release of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 that runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with similar hardware, there’s no reason why Samsung would defer such update on its current models. The roll out is said to be starting in July with majority of units receiving the updates by August 2012.
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As part of its customer reward program, Samsung is offering a 6 months free subscription to the Star ePaper edition to Galaxy Tab owners.
If you’re using a legit Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, Tab 7.7, Tab 7.0 Plus or the original Galaxy Tab then you’re in entitled to redeem your free ePaper. All you have to do is hit “Like” on this Facebook page right here.
Samsung is doing rather well with this customer loyalty thing. Previously the leading smartphone brand in Malaysia offered Samsung Galaxy owners free tickets to some of the biggest gigs in the country, with this latest offer it shows that Samsung is looking out for its older consumer segment as well.
Kudos where kudos is due Samsung.
Samsung has revealed its 2 new Android tablets – Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and Tab 2 (10.1). Although the hardware and size isn’t exactly new compared with the previous Galaxy Tab line up, both tablets run on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
So how is it different from the existing Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Tab 10.1? For the Tab 2 (7.0), it is basically a notch lower than the 7.0 Plus with a 1.0GHz dual-core processor and comes with a lower VGA front facing camera. In terms of dimensions, the Tab 2 (7.0) is slightly thicker by 0.5mm but it still maintains the same weight at 345g.
For the Tab 2 (10.1) which was just announced, it now comes with a microSD expansion slot, which is currently lacking on the Tab 10.1. However just like the Tab 2 (7.0), it also uses a low end VGA camera for the front. Dimension wise, it is slightly thicker by 1.1mm and weighs and extra 23 grams compared to the Tab 10.1.
Of course, there’s still one more tablet yet to be revealed, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. We are hoping that the Note 10.1 would be impressive and not just another rehash of the same product with a newer OS.
Since the hardware of the Tab 2 (7.0) and (10.1) are closely identical, we wonder when will Samsung roll out Android 4.0 ICS for its existing Galaxy Tabs? ASUS has already rolled out its Android 4.0 ICS update for the original Eee Pad Transformer.
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This is certainly great news for Samsung Galaxy users.
Samsung has announced that it is aiming to roll-out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for a selected range of its Galaxy devices as early the first quarter of 2012. The update will start rolling out to the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note devices within the first quarter 2012 while the following devices are slated to get ICS later in the year.
Samsung says they will make separate announcements on details of ICS update schedule for each market according to availability taking into account market situation and carriers’ requirements. If we hear anything, we’ll update you.
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DiGi too has joined in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 bandwagon with its latest bundling from as low as RM1200. This is RM499 savings off the Tab 8.9 3G retail price of RM1,699. Currently there’s one bundling option that’s tied with a 6GB broadband plan at RM99/month on Easy Payment Scheme. There’s no mention of contract period but if it follows the Galaxy Tab 10.1 offer, the RM99/month payment of 24 months is likely to be inclusive of 12 months subscription + tablet price.
DiGi is also doing some extra promotions in their Gila Sale where they are giving extra savings of RM480 (RM20 rebate x 24 months) on Smart Plan 68 phone bundling.
UPDATE: Celcom updates Galaxy Tab 8.9 spec to 1.0GHz processor.
Suddenly the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is getting on the bundling bandwagon in Malaysia. Now Celcom is also offering the Galaxy Tab 8.9 3G version from as low as RM1,288.
There are 2 plans on offer, Celcom Broadband Basic with 4GB/month and Celcom Broadband Advanced with 6GB/month which can be subscribed with either 12 or 24 months commitment. For the cheapest bundle price of RM1,288 is tied with 24 months contract of Broadband Advanced at RM98/month.
Those seeking for the least commitment and contract duration, the Tab 8.9 can be yours for RM1,398 with 12 months contact of Broadband Basic. When compared to Celcom’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 offer, the price difference is RM180.
If you take a closer look, Celcom has listed the Tab 8.9 to be running on dual-core 1.5GHz. From what we understand, both Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 for this region are running on dual-core 1.0GHz processor. It is either Celcom is offering the US 4G LTE version with 1.5GHz processor or it is another product mistake by Celcom like their Droid RAZR. If you are looking for the WiFi version, it is offered at RM1,679 with Yes Huddle 4G MiFi and credits.
For more information, head over to Celcom.
Thanks @synnnx for alerting us!
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi is now available for bundling from Yes. The package deal at RM1,679 comes with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (worth RM1,299), a Yes MiFi Huddle (worth RM399), Yes ID (worth RM50) and RM90 credit (RM30 x 3 months). This gives a total savings of RM159 from the total value.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 had entered the Malaysian market earlier this month quietly at RM1,699 for the 3G version and RM1,299 for the WiFi only version. Compared to the its larger Galaxy Tab 10.1 sibling, the Tab 8.9 is identical in terms of processing power, memory and screen resolution despite its small dimensions. If a 10.1″ is too big to handle, a 8.9″ is a more practical size and it is also 95 grams lighter. This offer with Yes bundling is available at Senheng, Harvey Norman and Yes outlets from tomorrow 25th November until 31st December 2011.
If you’re confused with the various Galaxy Tabs in the market, check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab comparison post where we compare all the specs side by side. Next month, we would be expecting the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 7.7 to hit Malaysia. So far, U Mobile has already commenced registration of interest for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with official availability slated for 5th December.
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When we told you that it is going to be a crazy final quarter, we weren’t joking. Just look at the number of devices that has been and will be launching in these last three months. You guys are really spoiled for choice across the board with a selection of devices from Samsung, Motorola, HTC and Sony Ericsson at various price points ranging from entry level to flagship. It sure is a good time to be a gadget junkie.
And the devices just keep on coming. Samsung has confirmed via its Facebook page that its full range of tablets will make it to Malaysia. You want the Galaxy Tab 8.9? It’s on sale in right now! Waiting for the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus? That’s coming too and according to Samsung it’s just a matter of weeks. How about the Galaxy Tab 7.7? No sweat, Samsung says that should be available before the end of the year.
Right now the full details (in final pricing and exact launch dates) of the Galaxy tab 7 Plus and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 are not available but we’re pretty sure things will start surfacing as we approach closer to launch day. Considering that both these devices can function as a phone, we’re expecting a telco tie-up to be on the cards.
In the meantime, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is now selling for RM1,699 for the WiFi version and it brings everything you like in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 but in a more compact package.
Update: Twitter follower @najibhhh correctly pointed out that at RM1,699, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is more expensive than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi which retails for RM1,499. Now, why would a smaller device with a smaller screen (which means it costs less) is more expensive is beyond us. Surely both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 offer the same level of mobility. Would you pay extra for a smaller device with exactly the same features as the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
Update 2: We’ve gotten information from @betadotmy via Twitter that the RM1,699 price for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is for the WiFi+3G version and not the WiFi only version as we earlier thought. Samsung Malaysia confirms this here. Still, if you’re wondering, the 3G+WiFi version doesn’t do voice calls (excluding third-party apps like Skype etc). However you can send and receive SMS and MMS. What is unconfirmed is that the WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is also available and it retails for RM1,299. We’ll try to get more details on that.
Which one would you get?
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Samsung now has a total of 6 different tablets since the launch of the original Galaxy Tab. Just recently, we have seen 2 smaller sized tablets the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy 7.7, both running dual-core processors and the latest Android 3.2 honeycomb OS.
The table above illustrates the different hardware, physical dimensions and weight of each model. Knowing each of them are different, which one would you go for?
Update: Official RRP pricing for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab range
Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Not available in Malaysia
Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G: RM1,899
Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi: RM1,499
Galaxy Tab 8.9 3G: RM1,699
Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi: RM1,299
Galaxy Tab 7.7: TBA
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (3G+WiFi): RM1,699
Best Buy — a popular consumer electronics retailer in the US — has started pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Two versions are available, a 16GB WiFi version for US$469.99 and a 32GB WiFi version that will be selling for US$569.99. The pre-order page however didn’t yet include a launch date for the device.
We have been told that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be making it to Malaysia in about a month’s time after the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. We’re nearing the one month mark since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was launch but we haven’t seen any indication that Samsung Malaysia is planning another launch soon. It’s either that they really nothing planned at the moment or they are keeping a very tight lid on things.
Either way, with the US pricing of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 now a known quantity, it gives us some indication of how much the device might retail for when it comes to Malaysia.
In this instance we’re pegging the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (16GB WiFi) to retail in the range of RM1,600 to RM1,500. We’re using the US retail price of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its difference with the Malaysia selling price as a marker, which means our estimate, at the moment, is an educated at best. Even so, it looks some may see the Galaxy Tab 8.9 as expensive.
But for those who are waiting for the Galaxy Tab 8.9, don’t you worry. We’ll keep a close eye on things. When we get the latest details, you’ll know it.