CES: Samsung Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab coming; Galaxy Player, to rival iPod Touch too


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A Wi-Fi-only version of the Galaxy Tab is coming, finally, and so too is the iPod Touch rival Galaxy Player, Samsung announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

But just as to when those two Android-powered devices will arrive or how much either will cost, Samsung isn’t saying, despite showing off the gadges at the Las Vegas electronics forum.


The Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab is the same as the current Galaxy Tab, which launched in November, but it will lose the ability to connect to a 3G network through a wireless carrier.

It would make sense that it would shed some in the price point as well. The current Galaxy Tab, with Wi-Fi and 3G abilities, sells for about $400 to $600, depending on which telecom company you buy it from.

The Galaxy Player is basically a Galaxy smart phone without the phone calling capabilities, allowing it to connect to the Internet by way of Wi-Fi, run Android apps and Samsung apps, as well as play music, movies and games. The device is a clear challenger to Apple’s iPod Touch, which is an iPhone without the phone.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles