Samsung offered a quick glimpse of its Galaxy Tab tablet PC in an online video, showing off details such as video calling, Web browsing, Android 2.2 and augmented reality.
Samsung is offering a quick glimpse of its upcoming Galaxy
Tab tablet PC, via a 20-second promo clip on a corporate Website.
reveals certain key details about the device
, which Samsung doubtlessly
hopes will carve a bit of the burgeoning tablet PC market away from the Apple
iPad. In addition to a 7-inch screen, the Galaxy Tab will include video calling
and Web browsing, and run Android 2.2.
Samsung apparently plans to debut the device Sept. 2, during
an event in Berlin.
The company has been making aggressive moves in the mobile
space of late, including the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S on multiple
carriers. One version of the device, the Samsung Epic 4G, will
be released Aug. 31 on the Sprint network. The combination of Super AMOLED
screen, 1GHz processor and Android 2.1 operating system positions the Galaxy S
platform as a multimedia powerhouse, capable of competing not only against the
Motorola Droid but also the Apple iPhone.
The Galaxy Tab, and those other tablets, will
find themselves locked in battle against the Apple iPad, which sold 3.27
million units during the third fiscal quarter of 2010, and retains first-mover
advantage in the consumer tablet space
. The current rumor-mill suggests
that Apple will launch a new version of the iPad with an upgraded processor in
early 2011, alongside a smaller version of the device.
Based on the online clip, Galaxy Tab will also feature
Swype, which allows users to enter words on a virtual keyboard by dragging
their finger between letters, and "augmented reality," an Android feature that
uses a device's cameras to overlay information onto an image of the local
The Samsung Website's reference to the Galaxy Tab's "full
Web browsing" could be an allusion to support for Adobe Flash 10.1, the next
iteration of the software that powers rich content for many Websites; Apple
refuses to support Flash on its mobile devices, citing
concerns with security and performance
, leading other companies to tout
their own Flash support as a competitive differentiator.