Samsung Finally Releases the Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab from Samsung has finally been officially unveiled. Yes, it is running Android 2.2, yes it is 7 inches, and yes, everything else we’ve been hearing about it is there including the fact that you can use it as a phone and it runs FLASH. Because it is running the official Android 2.2 you’ve got access to the Android Marketplace and all of the Google mobile app suite, although Samsung seems to have followed tradition and loaded it up with a number of its own apps as well. Samsung is saying that the Galaxy Tab will see Android 3.0 now called Honeycomb.

The processor is a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and from the videos we’re seeing it looks snappy, although I’ll wait for users to get this in their hands to hear more about that. Samsung seems to have divided things into hubs. For example the reading hub offers you access to the Kobo Reader, Zinio, and a newspaper reading app. The dual cameras offer a 3 megapixel on the back and 1.3 on the front, which sounds a bit weak and reminds me of UMPC days when cameras seemed like a throw in with no attention paid to what they could actually accomplish.

Most of the specs we’re seeing today focus on the European market. It has a price point of 700 euros and there is no word on a US release date or pricing, but because this is Samsung, because this is actually a device they are letting bloggers and reporters touch, and because it is early in the game, the Galaxy Tab is getting all of the iPad “killer” comparisons, whether or not that is fair or not.

Here’s a roundup of what I’ve seen so far.

And here’s a list of specs.

  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen
  • Google Android 2.2
  • 1GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird
  • 512MB
  • 16GB or 32GB of flash storage, plus a microSD card slot for expansion
  • 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetoth 3.0, 3G (HSUPA, GSM/EDGE), A-GPS
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera, 3MP camera on back, 720p HD video recording
  • DivX, Xvid, MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic sensor, Gyroscope, light sensor
  • Battery: 4,000mAh for up to 1000 minutes of talk time
  • Dimensions: 7.5″  4.7″  0.5″
  • Weight: 0.84 pounds
  • Optional Accessories: Keyboard, stylus, TV-out cable, car dock, covers

Video from Android Central

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Comments

  1. timon says

    I have a Samsung Q1u, I still am now thinking that the Q1ultra was not bad, and difficult to find a replacer, hoping for the Intel Oak Trail to wait 2011. I am needing a Windows system on an UMPC. In the Android OS, you still are now unable to find a supporting for the RAW image in the image viewer.

    Seems Samsung’s new 7″ Galaxy Tab has not a directly video output port (HDMI), which is needed some the additional expenses to buy a docking for the HDMI output, even is the USB port, if it is like this, very bad!

    a docking was neither a mini-shape nor a slight weight, would more be the trouble in the applied side. I cannot imagine the users would be willing to carry and using those otiose devices during the journey. Would be willing a journey to carry an otiose thing?

    HDMI or USB ports ought to get directly designed within a main body. And not a docking!

  2. timon says

    zdnet.de a news is below,
    Samsung hat auf der 50. Internationalen Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin sein Galaxy Tab wie geplant vorgestellt. Es wird ab Oktober für 799 Euro erhältlich sein. Das schlanke 7-Zoll-Tablet mit kapazitivem Touchscreen läuft unter Android 2.2, also mit Flash 10.1.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab is pricing 799 Euro! My God. We knew that iPad is 499 Euro in Germany.

    Samsung is probably already mad to want getting money. Well, we have to say goodbye Samsung, please get out.

  3. timon says

    iPad is having an IPS screen in 9.7-inch, despite likely you like a screen 7-inch. Apple will launch the 7-inch iPad in Nov, and the screen is also an IPS, and not a TN screen.

  4. Web Hosting Review says

    This tablet looks as if its going to be a big disappointment in sales due to very tough competition from apple!!..

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