Samsung posted a teaser video to YouTube that shows what's likely the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab, being discussed by mature enterprise users.
Samsung has released
a teaser video
of the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab it is expected to introduce at an
Orlando, Fla., event March 22.
at the start of this month, inviting journalists to
"discover what the buzz is all about" and to join Samsung in Orlando
as "we experience a world of endless technological possibility."
The invitation, over the image of
a tablet, asked: "What's your Tab life? 78910." Not a zip code, the
numbers are thought to suggest Samsung's eventual tablet lineup of 7-inch,
8.9-inch and 10-inch Galaxy Tabs models.
The new video - a trailer, if
you will - reveals little, other than that the tablet is silver, appears
to have a rear-facing camera with a flash and is clearly not trying to compete
directly with the iPad or iPad 2. It's undoubtedly smaller but also chubbier.
The video cuts between three
people, two men and a woman, presumably talking about their Galaxy Tabs. One
guy's in a suit, the woman is also in business attire and the second guy, it's
implied, is a creative professional (note hip newsboy cap!). They're also all
in the vicinity of their 40th birthdays, if not north of it. Are we to believe
the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab is perhaps more enterprise-oriented, and will more
directly compete with the BlackBerry PlayBook, which, if a reportedly leaked
, will launch March 27?
Making the likelihood of an
8.9-inch Galaxy Tab more likely still, another leaked roadmap, this one from
Staples, according to a March 15 report from Engadget,
lists a "Samsung 8.9" tablet
- the codename for the tablet-specific Android 3.0 - as "Coming
Soon." Just above it on the roadmap are three April-launching tablets -
the 10-inch Motorola Xoom, a 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook and a 7-inch Dell
Streak - making May, if not still late April, a possibility.
Apple's March 2 introduction of the iPad 2, it was reported that executives at
Samsung were newly thinking over a few things, after seeing what Apple had
"We will have to improve the
parts that are inadequate," Lee Don-Joo, Samsung executive vice president,
told the Yonhap news agency, Physorg.com reported March 4. "Apple made it
Lee was also quoted as saying that
Samsung had planned to price its 10-inch Galaxy Tab higher than its 7-inch
model, but given that Apple had kept its price point the same, despite the iPad
2's upgrades, it might reconsider this.
"We will have to think that
over," Lee said in the report.
Days later, the Korean news agency
reported that, regardless of Lee's comments, Samsung said the release of the
Galaxy Tab 10.1 was still going
according to schedule