Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Pre-Order Goes Live, Galaxy Players 4.0 And 5.0 To Follow

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Though its had some legal ups and downs of late, Samsung is still pumping out products. Today, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has been made available for pre-order, with shipments to begin October 2. And rather than waste paper, Samsung included availability information on its Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 within the release, as well.

We’ve heard plenty about the Galaxy Tab 8.9 up until now, but with patent wars a ragin’ there was no telling whether or not the 9-inch version would be a pipe dream. But alas, the U.S. has remained unaffected by Apple and Samsung’s cat fight and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is ready to ship.

Like the larger GalTab 10.1, the 8.9 will run Android 3.1 Honeycomb with the TouchWiz UI on top. Samsung has made quite a point over the fact that this, alongside big brother, is the thinnest tablet on the market, at 8.6mm. It comes packed with a dual-core 1GHz processor, 16GB of on-board memory and an 8.9-inch WXGA 1280×800 pixel display. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 also has a 3-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash, along with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for video chat.

You can pre-order the Galaxy Tab 8.9 from Best Buy now for $469.99.

As for the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0… The only real difference between them is their sizes, measuring in at 4 inches and 5 inches respectively. Both little guys run Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, along with a new “streamlined” interface. WiFi support will be along for the ride in both, as will front- and rear-facing cameras for video chat.

Pre-order for the Galaxy Players doesn’t start until tomorrow, September 27, with in-store availability to begin on October 16.