Galaxy Tab 8.9 did find time to make a live US appearance at BlogHer 2011 this week.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is a lot like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but more compact. There are a few small hardware differences to note, the new Samsung’s TouchWiz UI (Android Honeycomb interface) looks every bit as slick and speedy here as it did on the regulation size 10.1-inch Tab, but on a screen that might be easier to handle. The power and volume controls are on the top of the tablet next to headphone jack instead of on the left side as Galaxy Tab 10.1. Also, the stereo speakers on the 8.9 are on the bottom of the tablet on either side of Samsung’s proprietary connector port instead of one on each side of the unit.
This new stunning device will come with the Amazon MP3 application pre-installed along with a few other apps as part of the TouchWiz UI update. As Samsung claiming TouchWiz UI as a great way to store your music in the cloud and save some precious storage space on your tablet.
The release date and pricing info for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 we’re still waiting on, although Samsung indicated this showing at BlogHer 11 was the first time it had unveiled the tablet to consumers. Although certainly not the most expected place to be debuting a new tablet to the public, the showing of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at the annual women’s blogging conference likely indicates the device is getting closer to a market release. Early pricing information from CTIA put a 16 GB version of the 8.9 at $469 and a 32 GB counterpart at $569, but Samsung has been mum on pricepoints since then so these may not be final figures.