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Price Of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet To Match iPad 2?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will be launched in the UK on the 4th of August - a couple of months later than in the US - as announced by the company, who has yet to say how much it will cost.

US-based mobile phone operator Sprint has just confirmed that it will sell the Wi-Fi version of the tablet for $499.99, which after adding UK VAT comes to around £375, a smidgen less than Apple's official suggested retail price for the cheapest £399 iPad 2 device.

It is therefore more than probable that Samsung, like HP and RIM, will pitch the Samsung Galaxy models at the same price as their respective iPad 2 counterparts.

Sprint is bundling its tablet with an Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless or MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless which allows it to offer 3G-like performance without the cost, an initiative that, we hope, will be emulated by mobile operators here as well (hear that 3 UK?).

The original version of the tablet was announced more than four months ago and Samsung is almost certainly working hard on an upgraded version of the tablet.

Expect the follow up to stick to the same dimensions and form factor but with a much better system on chip like the Nvidia Tegra 3 and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.