The Galaxy Tab will be made available on November 11 for $599.99, Samsung and Verizon announced today.
The Galaxy Tab will offer 3G connectivity via Verizon's network. Data plans for the Galaxy Tab will start at $20 per month for 1GB of data. Verizon did not immediately respond to request for comment on other data plans it would be offering for the Galaxy Tab.
Unlike Verizon's iPad offering, which requires a MiFi 2200 hot spot for users to be able to connect to the carrier's 3G network, the Galaxy Tab will have 3G connectivity built-in. However, Verizon's iPad 3G plans also start at $20 per month for 1GB of data, and the carrier also plans to offer 3GB and 5GB options for $35 and $50, respectively.
Samsung hasn't been shy about its expectations for the Galaxy Tab. The president of the company's mobile operations, J.K. Shin, said in an interview last month that the tablet would "change our lives." The leader of the company's mobile products planning team, W.P. Wong, said that he couldn't "see anything [about the Galaxy Tab] that is weaker than the iPad," the Apple gadget that has defined and ignited the tablet market.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs might disagree. During his company's earnings call earlier this week, Jobs took shots at tablets featuring 7-inch displays.
"One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70 percent of the benefits of a 10-inch screen," Jobs said during the call. "This is far from the truth: 7-inch screens are 45 percent as large as an iPad...this size isn't sufficient for making great tablet apps."
In addition to the announcement of its Galaxy Tab, Samsung also revealed to Reuters today that it's working on a software platform that will run on both its mobile phones and televisions. The company didn't elaborate on its plans for the platform.