The device, which will have a 7-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display, will run on Google's Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. It is "the first of the company's tablet devices, representing a new category of mobile products for Samsung" -- in other words, it's a warning shot that indicates many more tablet models to come.
Like Apple's iPad, the Galaxy Tab offers multimedia viewing, web browsing and e-mail, as well as voice and video call and SMS/MMS.
In many ways, the Galaxy Tab is a strategical move by electronics giant Samsung: let Apple do the difficult work in creating the market and gauging customer interest, then attack with a device that offers most of the same functionality.
The question, then, is a matter of price. Can Samsung beat Apple where that company won't compete?
A few more data points about the device:
- OS: Google Android 2.2 (Froyo) with TouchWiz UI
- CPU: Cortex A8 1.0GHz
- Graphics: PowerVR SGX540 GPU
- Memory: 512MB RAM
- Storage: 16GB or 32GB (plus 32GB expandable memory)
- Sensors: gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, accelerometer, light sensor
- Weight: 380 grams (0.84 lbs.)
- Support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1.
- "Readers Hub" is Samsung's e-reader digital library application.
- "Media Hub" and "Music Hub" is Samsung's answer to iTunes (movies, videos and music)
- Support for HD content (DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, etc.)
- 3G HSUPA connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
- Front-facing camera allows for 3G (as opposed to iPad's Wi-Fi-only FaceTime) videoconferencing
- Rear-facing camera captures still images and video.
- Why would you use voice telephony on such a device? Samsung suggests as a speakerphone on the desk, or a mobile phone via a Bluetooth headset.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be launched in the U.K. on Vodaphone and others in "the coming months" -- probably Europe this fall and elsewhere later in the year. No word on price.
Here's a promo spot for the device: