Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy Tab at IFA 2010 in Berlin hasn't come as much of a surprise, but now we have official specifications and pictures.
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 touchscreen with a 1024x600 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 Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android-based tablet that will be launched in Europe in their early autumn and in other markets including Korea, the US and Asia in the following months. Australia can expect the Galaxy Tab towards the end of the year. Pricing is yet to be announced.
A front-facing camera allows face-to-face video phone calls over 3G, while the Galaxy Tab's rear-facing camera captures still images and video that can be edited, uploaded and shared online.
DJ Lee, senior vice president in charge of Samsung Mobile's global sales and marketing, shows off the Galaxy Tab at the product launch on Thursday at the IFA electronics show in Berlin.
The Galaxy Tab comes with its own e-reader application, among others, supplied by Samsung. The company also is building in apps for video chat, email, and playing music and video. And, of course, it runs thousands of Android applications.
Powered by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz processor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is designed to deliver high performance. HD video content is supported by a wide range of formats, including DivX, XviD, MPEG-4, H.263 and H.264.
The Galaxy Tab includes 3G HSPA connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. For voice calls, the Galaxy Tab can work as a speakerphone on the desk or as a mobile phone through a Bluetooth headset.