Samsung announces Froyo-equipped Galaxy Tab slate

By on September 2, 2010, 11:02 AM
Samsung has officially revealed its much anticipated iPad competitor during IFA 2010 in Berlin this week. Dubbed the Galaxy Tab, the device features a 7-inch TFT-LCD capacitive touch screen display with a 1024 x 600 resolution, 1.06 GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G, and dual cameras for capturing still images, videos or making video calls. It also has support for a number of different formats, including DivX, Xvid, WMV and MPEG-4.

Like most other manufacturers entering this burgeoning market, Samsung has made Google's Android its platform of choice -- the Galaxy Tab is shipping with the latest version available, Android 2.2 Froyo, which means it also supports Adobe Flash content. It will run an optimized version of Samsung's TouchWiz user interface and come bundled with the company's own Social Hub, which collects messages from different social networks in one place, MediaHub, an online store for renting and buying video, and MusicHub and ReaderHub for purchasing music and books, respectively.

Samsung will also pre-install an augmented reality application called Layar, which makes use of the device's GPS and sensors, and Swype for faster typing by gliding your finger from one letter to another on a virtual keyboard. The Galaxy Tab will be available in Europe in mid-September and in the U.S. before the end of the year. We don't yet know what the price will be but we'll definitely keep an eye out.

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posermobile89 said:

it looks so impractical because of the size

Zeromus said:

It needs a clip-on for your belt or collar, then it is "practical"

Jesse Jesse said:

Any word on what network it will be available with for 3g access?

Guest said:

Might cost anywhere from $US 399.95 to begin with.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Yeah the size makes it look like a really oversized phone but not quite big enough to be a proper iPad contender. I don't know. Would get this even if the specs are decent.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Practical? You are looking at a product aimed at the very unwieldy iPad. I'd say size-wise, this is far more practical as far as handling (unless you have tiny tiny hands). Looks to be in the paperback/hardback range of sizes, which works fine for what I'd be using something like this for.

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