The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, rather than the Tab 10.1, is going to be the more formidable rival to the Apple iPad 2 as Samsung looks forward to unleash yet another assault to close its gap with the market leader.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 shares almost exactly the same specification as the Tab 10.1 except for the screen size (10.1-inch vs 8.9-inch). The iPad 2 has a slightly bigger 9.7-inch screen but a much lower screen resolution (1024x768 pixels vs 1280x800 pixels).
This means that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has a pixel density of 170ppi while the iPad 2 tops only 132ppi, a 22 per cent gap; in other words, the display of the Samsung tablet will be sharper than that of the iPad 2.
On top of that, the tablet is thinner at 8.6mm, weighs less at 470g and has a 6000mAh battery, 16 per cent less than the iPad 2 but more than enough to keep the tablet running for 10 hours.
Apart from the front facing full HD camera and the three-megapixel camera with a LED flash, the Galaxy Tab comes with a microSD slot, something that is still lacking on the iPad 2.
Most importantly though, the 8.9-inch iPad will cost $469 and $569 for the 16GB and 32GB respectively. We suspect that many retailers will sell the tablet with bundled 16GB and 32GB microSD cards.
It is therefore reasonable to expect that a 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9-inch (16GB+16GB ) will be available in the UK over next few weeks for around £399, the same price as a 16GB iPad 2.