Samsung Galaxy Tab price drop in SA

The price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab has been reduced in South Africa for a second time

March 14, 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab price drop in SA

Samsung launched its answer to the iPad in South Africa towards the end of 2010, before Apple were able to officially bring their tablet PC to our shores.

When the official distributors of Apple products in SA, Core Group finally launched the iPad towards the end of January 2011 they priced it to compete aggressively with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

A week after the launch of the iPad, Samsung said that they would drop the price of the Galaxy Tab, but couldn’t say when or how much the price cut would be.

A short time later, Kalahari.net had the Samsung Galaxy Tab on offer for R6,999 – R1,000 less than the original recommended retail price (RRP) of Samsung’s iPad rival, but still R400 more expensive than the 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad.

Since then Apple has announced the iPad 2, resulting in the price of the original iPad being slashed. In South Africa the Wi-Fi only models had their prices cut by R500, while the models with 3G support sell for R600 less than before.

In what seems to be a response to the iPad’s even more aggressive pricing, Kalahari.net dropped their price for the Samsung Galaxy Tab to R5,999 – the same price as a 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad.

While direct comparisons of technical specifications have been widely criticised when pitting one tablet (or smartphone) against another, it does give a good indication of what a user gets when buying a particular device.

The table below gives an overview of the differences in iPad and Galaxy Tab hardware.

Apple iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab
Feature Apple iPad Samsung Galaxy Tab
Operating System iOS 4 Android 2.2
Display 9.7″ 1024×768 (132ppi) LED backlit LCD 7″ 1024×600 (170ppi) transflective TFT
Internal Storage 16GB 32GB 64GB 16GB 32GB
External storage N/A microSD up to 32GB
Camera N/A Rear: 3.0 Megapixel, autofocus, LED flash
Front: 1.3 Megapixel
Network (3G) 7.2 Mbps UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Data only
7.2 Mbps UMTS/HSDPA (900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Data and voice
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) Bluetooth 3.0
Battery 25Wh (~6610mAh) lithium-polymer 4000 mAh (14.8Wh at 3.7V)
Processor 1GHz Apple A4, Samsung Hummingbird core 1GHz Samsung-Intrinsity, Hummingbird Core
RAM 256MiB 512MiB
Graphics PowerVR SGX535 PowerVR SGX540
Weight (3G) 730 grams 380 grams
Price (RRP) R4,999 R5,999 R6,999 R5,999 N/A

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