Samsung Reveals Galaxy Tab: 7" Android 2.2 Tablet With Bluetooth 3.0

At last, the rumors can finally be put to rest. Samsung's Galaxy Tab is real, and it is being revealed in full today at the Berlin-based IFA trade show. For months, rumors have had Samsung preparing an iPad rival, but rather than using Windows, it was said to rely on Google's Android operating system in order to get to market faster. After all, Froyo is available now, while Windows 7 hasn't exactly had time to become accustomed to working on tablets.

The new device (model GT-P1000) has a 7" LCD (so a fair bit smaller than the iPad, but larger than Dell's Streak), a 1024x600 resolution, a 1.0GHz Cortex A8 application processor, 3MP camera (rear), 1.3MP front-cam for video calling, Android 2.2 (Froyo), support for the Android Market as well as Samsung's own 'Apps' store, and full 3G support. The unit will also feature 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, while a gyroscope ensures that it can handle tilting games as well. There will be two primary models: a 16GB version and a 32GB version, and an external memory card slot will allow for expansion. Other notable features: the device features Kobo's eReader application, and it also supports DivX file format playback -- both are "firsts" for a tablet.

The 4000mAh battery should last for around 7 hours of movie playback, and the 512MB of RAM should keep things moving along when it comes to Web browsing and multi-tasking. Samsung expects the Galaxy Tab to ship in mid-September in Europe, with other markets (Korea, U.S., Asia) to see it "in the coming months." Pricing remains unannounced, but we're certain it'll be competitive with Apple's iPad.

Samsung GALAXY Tab Opens a New Chapter in Mobile Industry

A New Smart Media Device, surpasses mobile boundaries, allowing you to enjoy more possibilities on the go

Berlin, Germany, September 2nd, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology, today announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Tab (Model: GT-P1000). Powered by Android Operating System 2.2, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is the first of the company’s tablet devices, representing a new category of mobile products for Samsung.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab brings together all of Samsung’s leading innovations to provide users with more capabilities while on the move. Consumers are able to experience PC-like web-browsing and enjoy all forms of multimedia content on the perfectly sized 7-inch display, wherever they go. Moreover, users can continuously communicate via e-mail, voice and video call, SMS/MMS or social network with the optimized user interface.

“Samsung recognizes the tremendous growth potential in this newly created market and we believe that the Samsung GALAXY Tab brings a unique and open proposition to market. There is a new and emerging consumer demand that Samsung can satisfy since mobile is in our DNA. This demand continues to grow and develop as users tap its limitless potential,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “The Samsung GALAXY Tab has been designed to enable consumers to maximize their online experience wherever that may be. The Samsung GALAXY Tab is pushing the market in new directions and Samsung believes this is only the beginning of its innovations as pioneers in smart media devices.”

A new concept of mobility for media

As a new category of device, the Samsung GALAXY Tab brings a wealth of mobile experiences. Its striking 7” TFT-LCD display delivers exciting mobile experience for watching films, viewing pictures, e-reading or sharing documents. In design, its light (380g) build provides perfect portability, with its svelte dimensions making it easy to grip and use. Supporting the latest Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the Samsung GALAXY Tab fully supports swift, seamless viewing of every single page of the web.

The ‘Readers Hub,’ Samsung’s unique e-reading application, provides easy access to a vast digital library – from classical literature to the latest bestsellers and reference materials. At the same time, Samsung unveils ‘Media Hub,’ a gateway to a world of films and videos, and ‘Music Hub,’ an application giving access to a wide range of music tunes.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab has made rich communication truly mobile; it presents a level of converged technology that moves beyond mobile or PC to an entirely new category. Users have new powers to consume, create and communicate from wherever they are.

Powerful, always-on communication

With 3G HSPA connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth® 3.0, the Samsung GALAXY Tab enhances users’ mobile communication on a whole new level. Video conferencing and push email on the large 7-inch display make communication more smooth and efficient. For voice telephony, the Samsung GALAXY Tab turns out to be a perfect speakerphone on the desk, or a mobile phone on the move via Bluetooth® headset.

Powered by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz application processor, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is designed to deliver high performance whenever and wherever you are. At the same time, HD video contents are supported by a wide range of multimedia formats (DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and more), which maximizes the joy of entertainment.

While the front-facing camera allows face-to-face video telephony over 3G, the rear-facing camera captures still images and video that you can edit, upload and share, all without any hassle. As online content explodes, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is the best portable solution for every lifestyle that needs a constant connection.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab will be launched in Europe in mid September, and in other markets including Korea, the US and Asia in coming months.