Samsung Galaxy Tab officially unveiled, we have a preview!
The tablet is destined to be compared with the iPad, but it is a different animal altogether, due to its smaller 7" capacitive LCD display with 1024x600 pixels WSVGA resolution, and the fact that it is running Android 2.2. It feels more like the missing link between a smartphone and large tablets, like the 9.7" iPad. When we add the cell phone capabilities, complete with front camera for video calling, the built-in memory, expandable up to 64GB (for the 32GB version), and the fact that it is both Adobe Flash and HTML5 capable, it becomes a very enticing offering, ready to give the iPad a run for its money. It is a much lighter and thinner device at 0.47" (11.98mm) thickness and 13.4 ounces (380 grams) weight. Not to forget it also has a 3MP camera with LED flash on the back.
Samsung has tailored the Galaxy Tab experience to take advantage of the large screen. The default Froyo calendar, for example, has undergone optimization for the fact that more things at once can be shown on a 7" screen, than on a typical smartphone display. Numerous such improvements have taken place, and Samsung has thrown onto the tablet a few multimedia Hubs to make sure your time with it is well spent. The Readers Hub gives you access to millions of books and thousands of magazines for reading on the go, and the upcoming Media Hub and Music Hub will be giving you the option to buy or rent tunes, movies and TV shows. Of course, video can also be sideloaded, given Samsung's devices traditionally rich codec support, and the full HD video playback capabilities of the Hummingbird chipset. The 4000mAh battery is rated for 7 hours of movie playback.
To cap it off, the full Google services suite is present on the Galaxy Tab, unlike some half-baked solutions on other Android tablets or smartphones we've encountered. Google Maps Navigation beta makes it a 7" voice-guided navigational device (in countries where turn-by-turn is supported), and the tablet has full access to Android Market and Samsung Apps, where we are positive applications will soon be proliferating for that exact same resolution.
Recently we had the chance to play with a Galaxy Tab prototype, so head over to our preview, complete with pictures and video samples from the 3MP camera. The Samsung GALAXY Tab will be available in Europe in mid September, and in other markets, including Korea, the US, and Asia, in the coming months. In a Q&A session Samsung officials have confirmed that there will be a variety of tablets coming from the company next year, including one running Android 3.x (Honeycomb). A full list of the Galaxy Tab specs can be found below, there is no official confirmation on the price range yet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Preview
1. avgjoe (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Aug 2010)
GO Android!! This could be huge with the proper marketing, word of mouths isn't gonna move the units. If Verizon can offer no contract data like the iPuck....Apple will feel it as legit competition, and all the pluses for the consumer...the pricing could be an issue. Any details confirmed?
6. IcanBEATali (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Sep 2009)
why would you assume that Verizon is getting this? last I checked, they dont have a GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSUPA/HSDPA network.... just sayin...
12. BrokenImaege (Posts: 173; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)
Um, hello, there is a CDMA version of this already made. The announcement today was for Europe. The one for the US will be made on Sept 16th. That was announced earlier today. And I work for VZW, and it is showing in out inventory system already :-)
2. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
SAMSUNG should used aluminum body, super tough and scratch resistant glass like iPhone. Plastic body feel cheap and not fancy.
8. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
Your right they should have made it JUST LIKE the iShit so they can get sued by (Blow)Jobs....Good call!
3. NEL (unregistered)
BOOOOOO on the USB (30 PIN connector) The rest is awsome!!!!!!
11. 2lazy2login (unregistered)
So is this 30 pin connector the typical samsung proprietary port? If it is that is definitely a but no for me buying one. I am sick off proprietary charging ports that are inefficient and less usable than standard USB... just pay intel the patent rights and be done with it... Talking to you Apple and Samsung.
4. narley21 (unregistered)
no super amoled?!?!?! FAIL this will now no longer outsell the ipad... theres nothing that stands out... smaller screen, same processor, O.S little diff, not by much. I'm hoping Motorola's 10" will atleast give us some new specs, def a pass for me....
7. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
Nothing stands out....nothing at all?? Your a tard, IMHO.
5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
And it was only a year ago everyone laughed at Apple saying a tablet would never be successful...I'm glad we are seeing more of these. I still don't think this is the future of the portable computer, but with tablets, notebooks, and netbooks, I think we are definitely in a good stop.
9. newfdog 13 (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
How about a version with no cell cabability? Yet still have wi-fi? Hello????? anyone making this junk listening???? stop making the cell carriers rich. Give us something that goes up against an iPad/iTouch, without a hefty pricetag