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Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 Preview

0. phoneArena posted on 03 Jun 2011, 09:18

With a duo of two more or less identical tablets, but offering different screen sizes, Samsung hopes to effectively cover both those users who would appreciate a bigger screen, and those who would gladly stick with a more compact and lightweight gadget. This time however, thanks to Google's Android 3 Honeycomb on board, Samsung does seem to be much better positioned from the get go. With that said, let's have a preliminary look at what the more compact Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 has in store!...

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posted on 03 Jun 2011, 10:15

2. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)

Hey can we make phone calls using this tab? just curious

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 13:32

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

it does not have a GSM/CDMA radio to make calls like a regular phone but you can use Skype and a network connection to make calls, I hope this helps

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 15:09

11. Vinicius (unregistered)

The 3G version is able to make phone calls! According to GSMArena.com

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 15:36

3. abit (unregistered)

Bah...so none of the new Galaxy Tabs are running the Exynos SoC. The Tegra 2 is abysmal for playback 1080p high-profile h264 videos.

posted on 06 Jun 2011, 05:26

13. blaze139 (unregistered)

Android 3.0 is optimized around tegra 2 chip. To my knowledge there are no tablets with any other chip but T2. Even HTC is using T2 in flyer where they usually use snapdragon processors. Its Just like how WP7 is optimizes around SD scorpion cores.

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 07:29

14. Enik (unregistered)

The flyer is on android 2.3.3 not 3.x and its powered by a 1.5 gHz snapdragon!

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 16:52 1

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

i like it, i like the Tablet, i even like TouchWiz UX. the only thing i don't like is the overhaul of that delicious stock Honeycomb Music Player, i was quite fond of that.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 18:18 1

5. cheetah2k (Posts: 1739; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

I like the size, I just wish they had a colour scheme that matched in with my Galaxy S II phone..

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 21:51

6. mavricxx (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)

I like the size but No HDMI, No USB, and I'm not sure if it has SD card but no thank you...Transformer, Acer or Toshiba it is.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 23:43

7. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

better than iPad!

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 16:02

9. valynor (unregistered)

How about the amount of mechanical flex in the Samsung 8.9 and 10.1?

At the beginning of this video you can see that the 8.9 seems to have a LOT of flex:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-fZx5ZkQ2A

Could you comment on that, please?

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 20:42

10. Jc (unregistered)

Loving it!!! This is the tab to get for sure.

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 19:39

12. ultraman (unregistered)

I will wait for AMOLED tablets, with hopefully more mature OS and usb ports. I have Galaxy S2 and once you see its screen in action LCD seems like a bad dream.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 12:07

15. Eric (unregistered)

What? No SD/MicroSD, HDMI and no USB. Man - Another stupid iPad. I'll stick to my G-Tablet for now.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 19:52

16. Kiwiboy (unregistered)

Can someone who KNOWS please answer the following:
1. will this tab read data directly from an external HDD (self powered via USB)?
2. Can I connect a wireless mouse and keyboard.
3. Can I open MS Word docs and edit and save them?
4. Can I connect this to a TV and play whatever is on the tab screen on the TV?
If this tab will not do this, can you suggest something that does - but non the Asus with detachable keyboard as it will not display in portrait. Cheers

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