Samsung Galaxy Tab Targets iPad
By Joseph Palenchar On Sep 13 2010 - 4:01am
– Samsung Mobile plans U.S. shipments in the
coming months of a 3G-equipped Android-powered tablet
with 7-inch 1,024 by 600 pixel LCD screen, video chat
over 3G and Wi-Fi, cellular voice calls via speakerphone or
Bluetooth headset, and ability to wirelessly download movies,
music and e-books.
The 13.3-ounce Galaxy Tab, powered by the Cortex A8
1.0GHz processor, will be the first in a series of tablet devices
by the company, which touted the superiority of its first model
over the Apple iPad here at the IFA electronics show.
The Tab will launch in Europe in mid-September, followed
“in the coming months” in other markets including the U.S.
and Asia, the company said. The device will be sold through
wireless carriers, who will set consumer pricing.
The Tab features the latest 2.2 version of Android and will
come in 16GB and 32GB versions. Both versions also have
a 32GB MicroSD memory card slot. Other features include
Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, full Adobe Flash 10.1, gyroscope,
accelerometer and HD
Built-in GPS supports such
Google services as Google
Maps Navigation turn-by-turn
The device will download apps
from the Android Marketplace,
and although those apps were
written mainly for small-screen
smartphones, about 85 percent
to 90 percent of the apps are
compatible with the screen.
The device will also be equipped with the Samsung
Readers Hub, which taps into the Kobo, PressDisplay and
Zinio download sites to access books, magazines and
newspapers. The Samsung Media Hub accesses movies
and videos, and the Music Hub accesses music. Media
Hub details will be announced Sept. 16.