Amazon puts Samsung Galaxy Tab on sale for £799

Let's just hope Samsung doesn't make a premium version
Let's just hope Samsung doesn't make a premium version

Amazon UK has put the Samsung Galaxy Tab up for sale ahead of its launch next month – at a whopping £799.

The 'Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab Smart Media Device' is listed with a 1GHz processor, 7-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth 3.0 and Android 2.2, although no UK release date.

Given that these are all specs found in the average mobile phone (the 7-inch screen aside) it's truly hard to see where the cost hikes are coming for the new Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Could it be true?

Other sites, such as Clove, are listing the Galaxy Tab for a lower-but-no-less-palatable £615 price point, and Samsung confirmed to TechRadar recently that the post £600 price point is indeed genuine, although it may change before launch.

Apple's iPad, by comparison, costs up to £699 – but that's with 64GB of flash memory and a 10-inch screen... and it's made by Apple, so you can see where all the cost hikes have come in.

Either way, it's hard to see how Samsung hopes to make the Galaxy Tab competitive unless some networks are planning to offer huge subsidies on a very long-term contract, as otherwise this new device is going to barely register in the fight against the iPad.

Thanks to Matthew for the tip!

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.