Galaxy Tab 8.9 available for pre-order

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Best Buy has begun taking pre-orders for an 8.9-inch version of Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Tab.

According to the product listing on Best Buy, the new version of Samsung's ever growing tablet line has a 1280x800 TFT display, Android 3.1, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in memory.

There's also front (2 MP) and rear (3 MP) cameras with auto-focus and LED flash, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth.

The product is listed for $470. Another model with the same specs but with 32 GB instead of 16 GB is $570.

The new version of the Galaxy Tab was first unveiled at the CTIA wireless trade show in March, and complements the existing 10.1-inch and 7-inch versions.

The product listings on BestBuy.com only show WiFi versions of the 8.9-inch device, but it is widely expected that Samsung will introduce 4G LTE connectivity in the very near term.

The Galaxy Tab brand has become one of the most popular Android tablet options, mainly because it was the first to enter the market, but also because Samsung has been great about keeping the product line new and fresh.

Nevertheless, Android Honeycomb-powered tablets account for about 1% of all Android devices, a number Google is probably not all that excited about.