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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 priced at $469 and $569

Promising that its new 8.9-inch Tab is coming soon, Samsung has revealed that the 16GB version will sell in the U.S. for $469, while the 32GB model will cost $569.

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Samsung will sell its new Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi-only tablet for $469 for the 16GB edition and $569 for the 32GB version.

On its Web site, the company promised only that the new tablet would be "coming soon," and Samsung did not immediately answer CNET's request to confirm a launch date. But Engadget says the 8.9-incher could debut as soon as Thursday.

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Outfitted with Android 3.1 Honeycomb and topped off by the TouchWiz interface, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will offer an 8.9-inch WXGA 1280x800 pixel display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, and 16GB of memory. A 2-megapixel camera will grace the front, while a 3-megapixel autofocus camera with flash will be in back. The tablet will support 1080p HD video playback and come with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, USB 2.0, and Bluetooth 3.0 for connectivity.

Samsung is promising a slew of integrated apps as well, including Android Market, Google Maps, Google Talk, Voice Search, and Adobe Flash, and its own built-in hubs, such as Media Hub, Social Hub, and Music Hub. The company has also been touting the Tab 8.9 as one of the world's thinnest tablets at only 0.34 inches thick.

The initial version of the Tab 8.9 will be Wi-Fi-only, but late last month Samsung revealed a 4G LTE edition sporting similar specs but with Android 3.2 as the installed OS and, of course, capable of tapping into the higher-speed cellular networks.