Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Headed to Canada for Holiday Season

A 3G version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be launching in Canada before the holidays. Currently carriers have previously offered the older 7 inch Tab, Bell and Telus are currently selling the 10.1 inch version, and retail locations are stocking the WiFi only 10.1 inch Tab. The 8.9 brings a faster 1.5 GHz dual core processor and a much crisper looking screen. In fact, the resolution of the 8.9 will be the same as the 10.1 version. So that means more pixels in less space and better looking images.

There’s no mention of which carrier this will be launching with, or at what price point. Both Bell and Telus have been very keen to offer Samsung tablets, so there’s a good chance that this will make it’s way to one of their networks. I’ve really enjoyed my 10.1 inch Tab. The 8.9, being a little smaller, does have a certain appeal for travelling. I’ll have to keep my eye’s on this one. :)

UPDATE: Looks like I made a mistake on the processor. Thanks to Perry for enquiring, I’ve confirmed that it’s not a 1.5 GHz as I mentioned above. It is a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core processor. Still better than the US version, right?! :)

UPDATE #2: Pay no attention to the previous update. Samsung HQ has confirmed my original post was correct – the Galaxy Tab 8.9 coming to a Canadian carrier this holiday season will be running a 1.5 GHz dual core processor. :)

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

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  • Perry

    do you have a confirmation on the upped CPU? cuz the 8.9 that just released in the states is only the standard 1 Ghz. Also any news on when the wifi edition will land in Canada?

    • http://www.MobileJaw.com Mike Temporale

      All I have is my notes from the meeting I had with Samsung. I am getting a confirmation on it now and will let you know what they say.

      • Perry

        Thanks!
        I’m soo tempted to pull the trigger and just go down to the US to get it :P
        But revised specs are worth the wait, esp if I can get my Canadian warranty with it :p

    • http://www.MobileJaw.com Mike Temporale

      Ok, sorry for the delay. I was mistaken, but I think you’ll still be pleased with the results. It’s a 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core processor. :-)

      … updating the post now …

      • Perry

        Thanks!
        I just compared the LTE / Wifi editions from Vodaphone and seems like LTE is getting the better processor. I’m guessing when the wifi lands in Canada it’ll stick w/ the 1 ghz.

        • Perry

          Sorry is the 1.2 ghz for Wifi? or LTE?
          If it’s for LTE — sounds like it’s the Carriers doing the under-clocked thing;
          If it’s for Wifi that’d be awesome;

          • http://www.MobileJaw.com Mike Temporale

            This is for the data enabled version. Sorry, they wouldn’t comment on the carrier or the extent of the network, so I don’t want to say LTE and have it come in with something less.

            The model I was playing with will be released on a carriers network.

    • http://www.MobileJaw.com Mike Temporale

      Ok…. this is going to be a little confusing… I just received a follow up email saying to disregard the previous email. In other words forget the 1.2 GHz.

      The Galaxy Tab 8.9 that is coming to a Canadian carrier will be running a 1.5 GHz dual core processor. Confirmed via Samsung HQ.

      Sorry for all the confusion on this. But it’s good to know that my notes were correct after all. ;-)

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