Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 aims to find the perfect balance between size and compactness
Obviously, the toy will be equipped with an 8.9-inch WXGA (1280x800) touchscreen, but what manages to get us even more excited is its unprecedented thinness of just 8.6 mm! That's 0.2 of a millimeter thinner than the Apple iPad 2, which is the current leader in this aspect. In addition, the device's weight will be fixed at just 16.5 oz (470 grams), making it one of the lightest full-sized tablets out there. So, um, yeah, just when we thought these devices can't get any thinner now, they actually did.
Thankfully, these outstanding achievements in the design department haven't been on the account of performance or functionality, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is to sport a powerful 1GHz dual-core processor that's sure to keep things running smoothly. Additional goodies on the body of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 include a 3MP AF rear camera with LED flash, complemented by a 2MP shooter on the front for video chats. Data connectivity will be carried out through a quad-band (850/900/1900/2100) HSPA+ radio, capable of achieving speeds of up to 21Mbps.
On the software side of things, we're witnessing yet another shocker - although the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it will also feature a custom UI on top of it, dubbed TouchWiz UX. The new interface will treat users to a Live Panel menu that is going to allow them to have a customized view, filled with "digital pictures, favorite Web sites and social network feeds." A special application tray will take care to keep all the apps you need at your disposal. Samsung's Social Hub has also been revamped in order to be more suitable for tablets. For those who don't know what it's all about, the Social Hub aggregates email, IM, contacts, calendar and social networking into a single interface, thus providing you with a one-stop shop for almost all your socialization options on the device.
So, when would we be able to snatch one? Starting June 8, the 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will cost you $469, while a 32GB-er will set you back $569. Looks pretty bearable, if you ask us.
1. doubler86 (Posts: 304; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
And so it begins. I love it. An Android tablet that is better in EVERY way than the iPad 2 even betting it in price and thinness. I think this is defintely going to be a great seller. Not to mention they will soon have their own MP3 players too. Samsung will have TVs, Computers, Cameras, Cellphones, Tablets and MP3s, things are definitely looking good for Samsung.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5149; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yup, this looks like the real challenge to the iPad 2. I just hope Sammy doesn't get all full of themselves and prices the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at iPad levels. About a $100 less than iPad 2 at all feature points (with deeper discounts for on-contract purchases) and available for purchase in April could slow the growth of the iPad 2 sales.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5149; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Correction - I re-read the article and saw the June availability. If it could be available sooner, that would really help sales. June is going to start to see leaks about the iPad 2.5. If Sammy could get the Galaxy Tab 8.9 shipping in April, they will have the period up to June or July before the leaks start on the iPad 2.5 to go head-to-head with Apple. Apple is going to try to saturate the tablet market and then start leaking about the iPad 2.5 to pause the market until the iPad 2.5 is released. Remember when the reliable leaks started for the iPad 2? It will repeat in the summer.
4. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wait?? there is an ipad2?? i heard they just released the ipad 1.5... "now with cameras left over from 1995!!!" lol :)
5. nothin (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)
that's just sick! thinner than the iPad 2, 8.9 inch (which is what i like coz i don't want a 7 incher coz it's gonna look like an oversized smartphone and also don't what 10 inch), running Honeycomb but with TouchWiz UX (i don't like Honeycomb's UI), good specs (like the dual core, enough camera for me), and a supppeerrr cheap price (for the specs and all) .. totally buying this when it comes out!