Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Now Available for Pre-Order at Best Buy

Todd Wasserman

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9, whose retail debut has been rumored since March, is finally hitting stores.

Best Buy began taking pre-orders on the device Thursday. The tablet sports an 8.9-inch screen, runs the Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS, has 16 GB of onboard memory and costs $469.99. The device is not the LTE version that was announced in August. Best Buy offers no release date, however, just saying it's "coming soon."

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The device is Samsung's third crack at the tablet market. The company introduced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with a 7.7-inch screen in September 2010. After Galaxy Tab 7.7's lukewarm reception, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a 10.1-inch screen to U.S. stores in June.

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Though Steve Jobs has famously dismissed 7-inch tablets as "tweeners," because they're bigger than a smartphone and smaller than a full-functioning tablet, the jury is out on how a somewhat smaller tablet might perform in the market.

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