Back at the start of the month, Samsung announced its latest series of Android tablets: not the TabPROs we got back in winter, nor the rumored OLED tablets that may still be in development, but the plane-Jane regular Tab 4 models. Leaks didn’t make them out to be particularly well-equipped models, but at least the official specs Samsung ultimately delivered were slightly better than rumors would have us believe. What we didn’t get at the time, though, was info on pricing, nor detailed news about where and how sales would begin. Today Samsung fills in some of those blanks, announcing the start of US sales of its Tab 4 lineup.
With screen resolution locked at 1280 x 800 for the Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, and even the 10.1 (for a regrettable sub-150ppi density), prices feel like they need to be crazy low for Samsung to attract any interest. Is that what we get here? Well, not so much:
The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 will sell for about $200, the Tab 4 8.0 $270, and the Tab 4 10.1 $350. Those are all prices for the WiFi-only models. Pre-orders open today, and full availability kicks-in on May 1.
We feel like a bit of a broken record comparing each and every budget Android tablet to the Nexus 7, but: yeah, those 7.0 and 8.0-inch Tab 4 models just don’t make any sense at these prices in a world where the Nexus 7 exists.
While we don’t get any prices for the LTE versions of this lineup, Samsung does mention that those are coming to the US, as well. AT&T will offer one or more Tab 4s, but we don’t know just which models yet. Sprint will get the 7.0, Verizon the 8.0 and 10.1, and T-Mobile just the 8.0; look for all of those to arrive sometime this summer.