After months of rumors and speculation, Samsung today announced the Galaxy Tab Android tablet at IFA in Berlin. While much has already been revealed about the first viable iPad challenger in the tablet market, Samsung finally confirmed all the Galaxy Tab details.
Galaxy Tab Specs
First off, the seven-inch Galaxy Tab screen is TFT LCD, meaning the bright and beautiful AMOLED screens will be limited to the Galaxy smartphones for the time being. However, with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, the Galaxy Tab display is certainly no slouch, particularly when playing back HD content.
The Galaxy Tab will run Android 2.2 when it ships, which we already knew from last week’s teaser video, but Samsung finally confirmed it will be powered via a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, come with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, 512MB of RAM, and sport a microSD card slot good for up to another 32GB.
The Galaxy Tab will have both a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 3 megapixel rear camera, which means it will support video calls, most likely over the 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. There is 3G capability, but Samsung has yet to confirm the carrier, or even if it is indeed CDMA. Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is also a really big phone, complete with call support, speakerphone and Bluetooth 3.0.
There will be a 30-pin connector on the bottom of the Galaxy Tab. It doesn’t appear that there is an HDMI or USB port on the Android tablet. However, accessory pics have leaked suggesting adapters connecting via the 30-pin connector.
Also of note, the press release stated “the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first of the company’s tablet devices,” suggesting Samsung will release more slates in the near future.
Galaxy Tab Apps
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will have full access to the Android Marketplace along with Google Mobile Services, including Google Maps and Google Maps Navigation. The Galaxy Tab will also ship with a Readers Hub, powered by Kobo eReading. According to Samsung, this app “consolidates e-reading applications such as eBooks, magazines, and newspapers.”
Pricing and Availability
Samsung did not announce the price, nor did they mention the release date. However, Europe should get the Galaxy Tab first, followed by a release in the States.