Desktops and Notebooks: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Joins Android Tablet Ecosystem

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-09-28 Print this article Print
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Samsung will offer the Galaxy Tab 8.9 in two flavors: 16GB and 32GB. It will be WiFi-only, with a metallic-gray backing, and will run Android 3.1 ("Honeycomb").
Samsung has set Oct. 2 as the ship date for the Galaxy Tab 8.9, the newest Android tablet in its line. The newest touch-screen in Samsung's lineup (joining the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab and larger Galaxy Tab 10.1), the Galaxy Tab 8.9 packs a significant amount of power under the hood, thanks to its 1.4GHz dual-core processor and either 16GB or 32GB of onboard memory. In a bid to establish its own product ecosystem, Samsung has "skinned" the default Android 3.1 interface with its proprietary TouchWiz aesthetic, and added a few unique apps and features such as an email-consolidating Social Hub. TouchWiz is already present on Samsung's other products, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its Galaxy S II smartphones. Certainly the Galaxy Tab 8.9's capabilities and specs will be instantly familiar to anyone who's used the Tab 10.1; it's basically the same device, minus 1.2 inches of screen real estate. The Galaxy Tab's screen offers 1,280x800 screen resolution, with capability for 1,080p video playback, which is more than enough for most users' e-reading, video watching and Web-cruising needs. It also has access to the Android Marketplace and its hundreds of thousands of apps. Samsung's prime competition is Apple's own ecosystem, headlined by the iPad and the iPhone. In a bid to position itself as the alternative to the iOS way of life, Samsung is also introducing an Android-based iPod competitor, the Galaxy Player, in the October timeframe.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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