Online retailers have slashed the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab to under £500 in an attempt to entice business professionals ahead of Christmas.
Amazon and Dixons are leading the way, pricing a standalone 16GB Galaxy Tab at £469 with free delivery.
Carphone Warehouse has reduced the price to £489.99, but this includes 32GB of internal memory. The retailer is also offering the Galaxy Tab for £399 on a two-year £20 per month contract.
The price drop means that the Samsung tablet is now cheaper than the equivalent 16GB 3G iPad from Apple which is selling for £529.
Samsung ships the 7in Galaxy Tab with Google's Android 2.2 operating system, a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor and 512MB of RAM. Key features include micro-SD, Flash 10.1 support and the ability to make calls, all of which the iPad lacks.
The Galaxy Tab also has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and is capable of HD video playback.
Samsung has yet to release official sales figures for the tablet, but has previously stated that it expects to ship a million units by the end of 2010.
This reduction in price, combined with the specifications, will no doubt make the device more attractive to people who may otherwise have opted for an iPad.
However, it is still a hefty investment, considering that it is possible to get a netbook and even a decent laptop for a similar price.
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