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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Costing More Than Tab 10

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet has appeared in Germany on Amazon's website with a rather hefty price tag of €606.50 including local taxes, which compares unfavorably with the $469 (exc. taxes) that US customers will pay.

The device is a shrunk-down version of the bigger Samsung Galaxy Tab 10, which is set to cost less, at least in the UK, with the screen size being the only major difference.

The German Tab 8.9 comes with 16GB RAM but it is not clear if it is the 3G version of the tablet. Like its bigger brother, it comes with the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, a three-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and Android Honeycomb OS.

The tablet will not only face its bigger brother, which may end up costing the same price (at least initially), but also the LG Optimus Pad, another 8.9-inch tablet, and the iPad 2.

The LG and the Samsung models are the only two 8.9-inch tablets on the market which highlights the fact that manufacturers have either chosen to side with the 7-inch or the 10-inch camp.

Amazon's listing did not say when the tablet would be launched in Germany, but we suspect that it will happen before the end of next month, which coincides with the end of the first half of 2011.