Depending on who you ask, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be priced either way above or way below the iPad.



The price of the first brand-name Android tablet is anyone’s guess.  In fact, it is everyone’s guess.

Engadget heard that it would cost over $1000 without a plan. That was refuted by Samsung, but O2’s official German Twitter account tweeted that it would be €759 (about $972) in all — a “€99 ($127) deposit to start off, and then €27.50 ($35) a month,” likely over two years?

The German Amazon has it listed at €800, or more than $1000.  Ouch!

The Wall Street Journal yesterday said the Samsung Galaxy Tab would be $200-400 subsidized by a carrier in the U.S.  That means its real cost will be similar to the Galaxy S smartphones, or as much as $200 more expensive.  The Korea Times said it would “seemingly” be $300-$400 without a contract.  That’s a pretty good deal.

So which is it?  

Samsung has an event next Thursday at which we may finally find out. If I had to guess, I’d bet we’ll see it at Galaxy S prices plus $100.  The next question: Do you need a voice plan?