Samsung Plans an 8.9-Inch Galaxy Tab Slate for CTIA

According to a leaked press invitation, Samsung may be set to introduce an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab at the CTIA conference in Orlando, Florida on March 22. The invitation reads, “What’s your Tab life,” followed by a series of numbers, “78910,” which could indicate screen sizes for the various Android tablets in the Galaxy Tab lineup.

Since Samsung had already launched its 7-inch Tab, which runs Android 2.2 Froyo and Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI, we may the number 7 accounted for. The company also announced just recently at Mobile World Congress a Galaxy Tab 10.1, a 10.1-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. That leaves the 89 numbers unaccounted for, and speculation has it that those numbers suggest an 8.9-inch version of the tablet.

In the past, Samsung has said that additional tablets will be coming to the Galaxy Tab line. The company’s initial efforts at the 7-inch form factor provided customers with a more portable device than a 10-inch tablet, like those from Apple and Motorola. Apple has previously shunned the idea of a smaller tablet, stating that it doesn’t provide a good user experience. With the latest speculated 8.9-inch announcement, it looks like Samsung will have its bases covered as it has the portability of the 7-inch Tab, the refined user experience of a 10-inch slate, and also an in-between device that is less portable but not quite as large as its other offerings.

Would an 8.9-inch tablet appeal to you? Or is the tablet too close in size to a 10-inch tablet to even matter?

Via: Engadget

Comments

  1. Roger J says

    Chuong: YES, 8.9 would appeal to me, I’ve been experiencing the current 7″ with my wife’s new Galaxy Tab, I’m impressed, bt would like that bit of extra, not not 10.1″ although that new Fujitsu slate is tempting, it may be my main work computer coupled with an external keyboard and monitor. I already use these to lighten the load on my 63 year-old eyes.

  2. Ken Mattlin says

    Hi,
    Please note that Tabslate is a Trademark owned by Ken Mattlin of Bakersfield, Ca.
    This trademark is registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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