Samsung Galaxy Tab announced

Samsung has finally lifted the curtain on their Samsung Galaxy Tab. This small, 7-inch tablet runs Android 2.2 and will be a very strong competitor to the iPad. The small handheld tablet comes loaded with a ton of options, including a front and rear facing camera.

The Android powered tablet features a 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, with an expansion MicroSD card slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage. The Galaxy Tab comes with a 1.3MP front-facing camera and a 3MP rear camera with LED flash, perfect for taking images in the dark. The device also comes with a 4,000mAh battery, good for up to 7 hours of battery life.

The Galaxy Tab is 3G data-ready, and has a 5Ghz dual-band 802.11n WiFi built-in card. The tablet also has a speaker on the bottom of the device, similar to the iPad, and supports Bluetooth. The Galaxy Tab has a 30-pin dock connector port on the bottom of the device, that allows HDMI, USB and other accessories for docking or adding onto the tablet, all fitted into a 7-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 (WSVGA). The back of the device is a smooth, white surface, but maybe be available in additional colours in the future.

Samsung mentioned in their press release that users will experience a PC-like web-browsing experience, and enjoy all forms of media, including Adobe Flash and HD video playback. Users will also be able to communicate via email, video calling, SMS/MMS or through a variety of social networks.

Right now the Samsung is schedule to launch in Europe first, and eventually come to the United States and other countries. The Samsung Galaxy Tab will support SIM-cards, but no mention if there is a CDMA version in the works.

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@.Neo

Slightly thinner (under 2mm) than the iPad. Prices are only rumored... take them with a grain of salt.

And why not invest in a tablet now? A huge variety are hitting shelves over the next few months. Gingerbread will be along before you know it. No sense in not getting familiar with your hardware now.

How thick it that thing? Price doesn't seem very competitive either at €780 (according to what I read around the internet).

Also, I really don't see any point investing that much money in an Android 2.2 tablet. I'll at least wait for version 3.

£650. Fail.

Not rumours. They are looking to bundle it with contracts with the Galaxy S as the "cheaper" option. Pointless.

I don't think this is true price wise, there was an interview on tv last night where Samsung said they were looking to make the product cheaper than the IPad iirc

Since the Samsug Galaxy S can interact with a Samsung tv (as a remote) it would be great if this has the same feature AND is able to interact with the Samsung Galaxy S phone.

Teebor said,
I don't think this is true price wise, there was an interview on tv last night where Samsung said they were looking to make the product cheaper than the IPad iirc

They didn't say cheaper than what iPad model.

If it isn't locked down (like the iPad) than this will be a winner, especially having competent web browsing abilities and wide range of media playback options.

Regarding e-books, its nice to see it has a higher resolution screen, I hate the iPads screen fro reading purposes. I still would consider a Kindle (or another proper e-reader) to be better for e-books.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S phone (Vibrant) and I'm asking myself, why do I need this? And I don't, but, I really want it!

This is positive anyway, 7hours battery life isnt too bad and it looks alright. I would still like to see even more battery life buts its an improvement.

But who is using a tablet and walking around with a tablet like the guy in the promo

Osiris said,
This is positive anyway, 7hours battery life isnt too bad and it looks alright. I would still like to see even more battery life buts its an improvement.

But who is using a tablet and walking around with a tablet like the guy in the promo

It is 7 hours watching video...

I want just because it would be a awesome remote to my samsung tv, and I could easily sync the 2 together and stream whatever with no hassle.
This is what the Ipad should have been like.

Nagamasa said,
Where are the Apple fanboys? lol

Greats specs, let's see it in the works now!

I have a iPad, I'm interested in this. If cheap enough might be tempted to get aswell!!

A lot depends on price and also if they refine the OS.

If nothing else if will make Apple raise its game and improve the iPad!

wotsit said,
Microsoft really have cocked up and missed out... AGAIN.

It is amazing to me that people have very short term memory.

Remember 3 years ago when everyone loved to point out how "Microsoft totally missed the Netbook boat, Microsoft misses AGAIN"? Remember how 90+% of Netbooks shipped ran Linux and there was no Windows to be found, from multiple manufacturers? Care to guess what the situation is today in that market?

Microsoft does not have a product out there yet. "Missed" - hardly. Silly comment.

I don't see the point in these devices, aren't they just large phones without the capability to make calls? Is there anything that sets the iPad apart from an iPhone/iPod, or this from the Samsung Galaxy phone? I'm genuinely asking this, not trying to troll, can someone explain how you can benefit from this over a good mobile phone?

.Vamp said,
I don't see the point in these devices, aren't they just large phones without the capability to make calls? Is there anything that sets the iPad apart from an iPhone/iPod, or this from the Samsung Galaxy phone? I'm genuinely asking this, not trying to troll, can someone explain how you can benefit from this over a good mobile phone?

These things are amazing for sitting back on your sofa and reading a book or the news or some other media that you can access online! I want one now!!

Looks good, but they better offer it at same pricing and I really, really hope they get good battery life out if it.....

Euphoria said,
Looks good, but they better offer it at same pricing and I really, really hope they get good battery life out if it.....

Why does it have to be the same price? It has more features than the iPad...camera, flash, BT 3.0, memory card expansion...all of which you will either never get with the iPad, or will have to wait until next year and pay $$$ to get those features.

I love android, and though I'm not entirely sure android is ready for tablets just yet, I think this looks great. Sure, most applications available were not designed to take advantage of a big screen (though they won't be rescaled, so perhaps that works for a lot of apps). But the apps that samsung has included (especially the calendar and revamped 'phone/contacts' application) are great and do take advantage of it.

As for the android market, since the tablet is also a phone I think it can run android market. Anyway, it does come with a market from samsung

djpailo - 44 seconds ago

I like it, but I still don't get why you would need one.

Will work out better than my bb9700 whilst on the go

djpailo said,
I like it, but I still don't get why you would need one.

What about this: someone finally come out with a program to control all your house appliances, TVs, DVDs, AC, Heater, Curtains etc.

I had something similar several years ago on my WinMo phone................... then of course was discontinued. (-:

Are they making these device 4G compatible as I am now on 4G in Jamaica. Its nice though, hope the price is good, will sure to get one

This looks really promising and the camera is an added benefit over the iPad. Something that iPad should of had from the start.

techbeck said,
This looks really promising and the camera is an added benefit over the iPad. Something that iPad should of had from the start.

Then what would they put in the iPad 2 to make it seem innovative?

AmazingRando said,

Then what would they put in the iPad 2 to make it seem innovative?


Make that iPad 3, the iPad 2 will innovate by adding multitasking

Neowin, please can you fix your picture system in google chrome. The first one shows, then all the others just shrink down to nothing but the X... it's annoying.

See screenshot of problem here... http://www.tcln.com/images/misc/picture-viewer-error.png

This Samsung device looks pretty nice... will have to see what the prices turn out to be here in the UK though... would like one for use in the lounge when watching tv, or as a compliment to my desk at work, etc.

TCLN Ryster said,
Neowin, please can you fix your picture system in google chrome. The first one shows, then all the others just shrink down to nothing but the X... it's annoying.

See screenshot of problem here... http://www.tcln.com/images/misc/picture-viewer-error.png

This Samsung device looks pretty nice... will have to see what the prices turn out to be here in the UK though... would like one for use in the lounge when watching tv, or as a compliment to my desk at work, etc.


We're aware, it's being fixed.

Tom W said,

We're aware, it's being fixed.

Thanks. If it helps narrow it down any, it doesn't seem to affect the latest Canary build of Chrome.

7.0.513.0 = ok
7.0.503.0 = not ok (this is the build I'm using, dev)

TCLN Ryster said,
Neowin, please can you fix your picture system in google chrome. The first one shows, then all the others just shrink down to nothing but the X... it's annoying.

See screenshot of problem here... http://www.tcln.com/images/misc/picture-viewer-error.png

This Samsung device looks pretty nice... will have to see what the prices turn out to be here in the UK though... would like one for use in the lounge when watching tv, or as a compliment to my desk at work, etc.

I guess you use adblock? Turn off or put this site to your list. It's work.

Looks like a cool device. The specs seems to rival, if not surpass, the iPad's. The only question I have is what's with the rear camera only being 3MP? Seems a little out of place with the rest of the device being kinda beefy.

spacer said,
Looks like a cool device. The specs seems to rival, if not surpass, the iPad's. The only question I have is what's with the rear camera only being 3MP? Seems a little out of place with the rest of the device being kinda beefy.

that surprise me too.
The Galaxy S come with an 5MP cam, I guess that's to keep the price low, still better than no camera at all (iPad anyone?)

NesTle said,

that surprise me too.
The Galaxy S come with an 5MP cam, I guess that's to keep the price low, still better than no camera at all (iPad anyone?)

Picture quality is not just about the number of pixels, its a mere marketing gimmick, cheap-high-pixel cameras will never take great pictures, even if they were 100mp. Optics and sensor density etc. will have a far greater impact.

lt8480 said,

Picture quality is not just about the number of pixels, its a mere marketing gimmick, cheap-high-pixel cameras will never take great pictures, even if they were 100mp. Optics and sensor density etc. will have a far greater impact.

Very true, my K750i with its 1mp camera took far better pictures than my iPhone 3G with its 2mp

lt8480 said,

Picture quality is not just about the number of pixels, its a mere marketing gimmick, cheap-high-pixel cameras will never take great pictures, even if they were 100mp. Optics and sensor density etc. will have a far greater impact.


well said... i know many of my friends going with higher pixel rather than the optics.

Pc_Madness said,

Very true, my K750i with its 1mp camera took far better pictures than my iPhone 3G with its 2mp

K750i has a 2mp camera with af, 3G's cam is without af. I had a k750i previously so I know. It took quite reasonable photos in its time.

Thrasko said,

K750i has a 2mp camera with af, 3G's cam is without af. I had a k750i previously so I know. It took quite reasonable photos in its time.

I loved my k750i - the best phone I ever had, before my 3GS.

bbfc_uk said,

I loved my k750i - the best phone I ever had, before my 3GS.

Same dude, Wish they made something like MyPhoneExplorer for iPhone I fricking loved that app!

bbfc_uk said,

I loved my k750i - the best phone I ever had, before my 3GS.

Small world. ;D I also replaced mine to a 3GS, although it's still in use by my sister.
I agree it was one of the most durable cellphone I ever had.

lt8480 said,

Picture quality is not just about the number of pixels, its a mere marketing gimmick, cheap-high-pixel cameras will never take great pictures, even if they were 100mp. Optics and sensor density etc. will have a far greater impact.


Trade me a Full HD TV for a SDTV =)

if this allows google voice, I'm sold. I'd love to have another device in the house similar to the ipad, but with my google voice capabilities.

SaltLife said,
if this allows google voice, I'm sold. I'd love to have another device in the house similar to the ipad, but with my google voice capabilities.

there's no limit to Google Voice.
the only restriction is the Google Market, it have voice capability AVCRP and HSP so yes you can use it for Google Voice

Simon said,
The real question is, are there Android apps out there that can fill the larger screen?

Well when the iPad came out the apps were up-scaled and looked weird so the developers updated them and in time the same will happen on Android.

Simon said,
The real question is, are there Android apps out there that can fill the larger screen?

Android wasn't programmed to be on just a simple resolution
there's a lot a tablet in china ( 7 10 inch) and the apps are working ok
some are not but that's the programmer's fault

Simon said,
The real question is, are there Android apps out there that can fill the larger screen?

Clearly you don't understand how Android deals with layouts and metrics then.

Simon said,
The real question is, are there Android apps out there that can fill the larger screen?

If the app uses the resolution independent dimensions and scalable graphics system provided by the Android framework (since 1.0) and avoids absolute layouts, 99% of the time, it'll be just fine.

al1uk said,

If the app uses the resolution independent dimensions and scalable graphics system provided by the Android framework (since 1.0) and avoids absolute layouts, 99% of the time, it'll be just fine.

So, unlike the iPad, which generally has a different app experience from it's iPhone counterpart, Android really does just upscale the interface? "It's just a big iPod touch" sounds like it might be more apt for this experience.

Elliott said,
So, unlike the iPad, which generally has a different app experience from it's iPhone counterpart, Android really does just upscale the interface? "It's just a big iPod touch" sounds like it might be more apt for this experience.
Right, and it also depends on how the developer created the layout. Uhh..it's as if I am repeating what someone said above.

Elliott said,
So, unlike the iPad, which generally has a different app experience from it's iPhone counterpart, Android really does just upscale the interface? "It's just a big iPod touch" sounds like it might be more apt for this experience.

Shhhh!!! You can't use iPad haters and/or Android fanboys argument against them. Especially when it actually is true for this device. "It's just a big Android phone"

"This small, 7-inch tablet runs Android 2.2 and will be a very strong competitor to the iPad."
Shouldn't that be "could be" .. Cause lets face it, we have no idea what it will do.. It could just flop.

Ryoken said,
"This small, 7-inch tablet runs Android 2.2 and will be a very strong competitor to the iPad."
Shouldn't that be "could be" .. Cause lets face it, we have no idea what it will do.. It could just flop.

ryt

Ryoken said,
"This small, 7-inch tablet runs Android 2.2 and will be a very strong competitor to the iPad."
Shouldn't that be "could be" .. Cause lets face it, we have no idea what it will do.. It could just flop.

I'm leaning towards "could be". I don't think this thing is going to do well at all. I'm really interested in seeing how Chrome will run on tablets. I think that could be better than Android though Android has apps available already.

Ryoken said,
"This small, 7-inch tablet runs Android 2.2 and will be a very strong competitor to the iPad."
Shouldn't that be "could be" .. Cause lets face it, we have no idea what it will do.. It could just flop.

Anything that gets described as an iDevice killer never really takes off.

bbfc_uk said,
Anything that gets described as an iDevice killer never really takes off.
Probably because nothing has ever actually killed any i-whatever. iPhone and iPod still lead their respective markets. iPad does as well however with no real competition (yet).

Tim Dawg said,
Probably because nothing has ever actually killed any i-whatever. iPhone and iPod still lead their respective markets. iPad does as well however with no real competition (yet).

The iPhone leads what market exactly?

doesn't look bad, do you need to have cell service for this? or can you get a wifi only version like the iPad?

neufuse said,
doesn't look bad, do you need to have cell service for this? or can you get a wifi only version like the iPad?

I'm thinking the same thing. My HTC Desire can act as a WiFi hotspot, so I'd only really need one with WiFi, and would certainly prefer not to have a separate contract.