Galaxy Tab 8.9 Unveiled at CTIA

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Galaxy Tab 8.9Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at CTIA in Orlando this morning, providing details about the latest addition to its tablet family.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will weigh in at a mere 470 grams and will be 8.6 mm thick while sporting an 8.9-inch, 1280 x 800 touchscreen. Powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will feature a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. It will also feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, in addition to support for HSPA+ data networks, which can provide download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

Many other standard features will be in the 8.9, such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, ambient light sensor, and GPS. Storage options for the unit are 16, 32, or 64GB, and it is expandable through a microSD card slot. It will also come equipped with a 6,000 mAh battery.

Galaxy Tab 8.9 on displayThough the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will run Google Android OS 3.0, it will also sport Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI for Honeycomb. The overlay sits on top of Android 3.0 and provides a “Live Panel” for users to customize with shortcuts to apps, photos, and social network feeds. The TouchWiz UI will also feature a Mini Apps Tray bar for quick access to the task manager, calendar, and media player.

The WiFi-only model of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, which will be on display at CTIA this week, will be available “early summer,” according to Samsung. The 16GB model will cost $469, while the 32GB model will set customers back $569.

Also making an appearance at CTIA is the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was previously unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. Since then, however, it has adopted a slimmer profile much like the 8.9. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also measure 8.6 mm thin while weighing in at 595 grams. The WiFi-only version of the 10.1 will go on sale June 8, starting at $499 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB model will cost $599.

TabletPCReview will be getting some hands-on time with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at CTIA, so keep an eye out for our hands-on preview, coming later today.



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