One of the worst kept secrets in the recent history of gadgets, Samsung Galaxy tab (GT-P1000) was officially unveiled today at IFA 2010 in Berlin, Germany. This is the first tablet which comes close to be a competitor for Apple’s iPad and definitely the best Android tablet out there in the market currently.
Update: Samsung Galaxy Tab Price – $599 on Verizon
The major selling point of Galaxy Tab is that it can also be used as a phone unlike iPad. Running on Android 2.2 Froyo, Galaxy tab will also offer Multitouch web browsing, including HTML5 and Adobe Flash, email, voice and video calling and all other apps provided by Android market. Weighing 380g, the device is based on Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone and is designed to be used in one hand.
Much like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab also includes an ebook reading application, call the “Readers Hub”. Powered by Kobo, PressDisplay, Zinio and others, Samsung claims more than 2 million books, over 2,500 magazines in 20 languages and more than 1,600 newspapers in 47 languages will be available at launch.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Specifications
OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Display: 7.0 inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
Network: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Processor: Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540
RAM: 512 MB
Memory: 16GB/32GB internal memory with up to 32GB external memory via MicroSD slot
Camera: 3 MP Camera with Auto-Focus and LED Flash, 1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony
Connectivity: 30 pin connector, 3G HSPA connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, & Bluetooth 3.0
Sensor: Gyroscope sensor, Geo-magnetic sensor, Accelerometer, Light sensor
Size: 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, weight 380g
Battery: 4,000mAh (7 hours movie play)
Video: Full HD (1080p) Video Player & Recorder (720 x 480) @ 30fps
3.5mm Ear Jack & speaker
MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, WAV, AC3, MIDI
Integrated E-mail: Gmail, MS Exchange ActiveSync
Google Maps, Latitude, Places | Google Maps Navigation (Beta)
eReading: Newspaper Book , Magazine
Adobe Flash 10.1 player support
Samsung Galaxy Tab – Release & Availability
The Samsung GALAXY Tab will be launched in Europe (most probably in ITALY first) in mid September, and in other markets including Korea, the US and Asia in coming months.
Samsung Galaxy Tab – Price
Pricing details will be announced nearer to the launch date. We don’t even have some believable rumors about the pricing. We guess Samsung is simply playing a waiting game without deciding the pricing upfront.
Would you buy one when its available? What’s the maximum price you would like to shell out?