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Samsung Galaxy Tab touch tablet – official details, specs and prices

By Andrei Girbea , updated on June 4, 2014

For those of you waiting for a bunch of new touch tablets to enter the market this year, it time to rejoice, as in the next months there are tons of new devices ongoing. One of them is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, however, i’m rude calling it one of the tablets, as it is in fact one of the most interesting devices to hit the stores this Fall.

Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

There were rumors of this Galaxy Tab for a while, but now everything is official, as Samsung unveiled it at IFA in Berlin. We have pictures and specs, while details on pricing and availability are still mistery.

First of all, here are the basic specs for the Samsung Galaxy Tab:

  • hardware: 1 GHz Cortex A8 Samsung processor, 512 MB of RAM and 16/32 GB SSD storage + SD card (up to 64 GB)
  • 7 inch capacitive multi-touch display, 1024 x 600 px resolution
  • OS: Android 2.2 Froyo + Samsung TouchWiz interface
  • connectivity: Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G, A-GPS
  • front facing camera +  3 MPx rear camera capable of recording 720p content
  • accelerometer, gyroscope, light sensor
  • 4000 mAh
  • weighs 0.85 pounds and mesures 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches

So, there’s decent hardware inside this device. Plus, you get Android Froyo 2.2, so you will be able to run all kind of content, from HD clips (support H.264 content) to HD Flash (there’s support for Adobe Flash 10.1 on Froyo) and some games. The OS already comes customized with Samsung TouchWiz interface; I am not familiar with it, but you can see it in action in the clips in this post.

Looks good and is thiner than the iPad

Looks good and is thiner than the iPad

Also, this tablet comes with great connectivity. It’s cool that it has 3G, so you will be able to use it for making/receiving calls. Also, that means you get Internet connectivity via 3G and access to the Android Market place where there are tons of apps.

Now, it’s obvious this Samsung Galaxy Tab is quite a device. In fact a huge mobile phone marketed as a tablet and more versatile than the iPad (supports multitasking and Flash 10.1 for example). Plus, it is more portable.

The first time I’ve seen it, I said to myself this is the tablet I will buy. But then I saw the price.

This one is also a phone, and you can easily hold it with only one hand

This one is also a phone, and you can easily hold it with only one hand

In fact, right now there are no official statements on prices and availability. There are rumors though, and they are not good: Samsung will sell the Galaxy Tab for around 800 euros and it should be available in Europe by the end of September. US, Asia and other markets should receive it by October too.

However, as impressive as this Samsung touch tablet is, and don’t get me wrong, i really like it, I don’t see myself paying 800 euros for it. The good part is that carriers will probably offer it subsidized, with data plans. Even so, I’m waiting for a good 7 inch tablet for around 300 euros. That would be the toy for me, and for now, it seems this Samsung Galaxy Tab ain’t the one.

But stay tuned, more info on this device and other touschscreen tablets will follow.

Via Engadget, Liliputing, Android Central

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at TLBHD.com. This project was born as part of my search for capable mini-laptops that I could easily lug around to work, and still provide the performance that I'd need on a daily basis. I'm primarily using such ultracompact devices and have been testing them since 2006.
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