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Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet goes official

At IFA 2010, Samsung officially reveals the specs and features of its upcoming Android 2.2 tablet, the Galaxy Tab, planned for the U.S. later this year.

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet makes its debut at IFA 2010. Samsung

Samsung's plans to create the Galaxy Tab Android tablet can't come as much of a surprise at this point, but today's announcement at IFA 2010 marks the first time we're seeing official specs from the company.

Official pricing is still unknown, but we now know that the device is due to hit European markets in mid-September, and the U.S. and Asia by year's end. The Galaxy Tab's size and specs put it somewhere between the phone-like Dell Streak and the magazine-size Apple iPad. The Tab uses a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a 1,024x600 Wide Super VGA (WSVGA) resolution. It ships with Android 2.2 (Froyo), the complete Google apps Market, Flash 10.1, 16GB or 32GB of memory, GPS, and integrated sensors, such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensor, and geomagnetic sensor.

The whole thing runs on an ARM Cortex A8 1GHz applications processor, tied to a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor. If you're feeling photogenic, a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back includes auto-focus and an LED flash and records video up to 720x480. A video chat-compatible camera on the front of the Tab uses a 1.3 megapixel VGA resolution to beam your pretty mug to your friends and family.

Battery life is rated at an impressive 7 hours of continuous video playback.

As far as connectivity goes, the Tab promises Wi-Fi compatibility up to 802.11n, as well as cellular 2.5G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) and 3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps). Specific carrier agreements have not been announced.

Are we excited to get our hands on one? You bet your sweet bippy. But without concrete pricing or a U.S. launch date, we're just going to try and play it cool for now.