Samsung's announced tablet will be called the Galaxy Tab, in keeping with its popular Galaxy S smartphone line, and will debut Aug. 11, according to reports.
The tablet device that Samsung confirmed it will launch during the second half of the year will reportedly receive its formal introduction Aug. 11, according to multiple reports.
In an Aug. 2 report, the International Business Times,
which expects Samsung to fully launch the tablet mid-August,
additionally offered the happy news that - unlike Hewlett-Packard, with
its reported PalmPad, Research In Motion, with the BlackPad
and Lenovo with its announced LePad - Samsung won't ape Apple's "pad"
moniker and will instead call the device the Galaxy Tab, in keeping
with its successful new line of Galaxy S smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will reportedly run "Froyo," version 2.2 of
Google's Android operating system, and feature a 7-inch AMOLED
(active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) touch-screen display, a
1.2GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, 16GB of internal storage, a
3.2-megapixel camera with flash, as well as a front-facing VGA camera
(for video conferencing) and, possibly, WiFi connectivity.
IBT additionally cited a South Korean newspaper that reported that
8- and 10-inch versions of the Samsung tablet will follow in November
and December, respectively. Such options would give Samsung plenty of
room to compete in ways that the Dell Streak, with its 5-inch display,
has faced criticism for being not quite large enough for casual
couch-surfing but not quite small enough to easily fit in a pocket.
Apple's iPad - the industry standard to date - features a 9.7-inch
display. IBT reports the BlackPad is likely to feature a 7- or 8.9-inch
display, Motorola's planned tablet will likely feature a 10-inch
display and HP - whether it launches a Windows or WebOS tablet first -
will bring a 8.9-inch display to market.
In May, ABI Research forecast sales of tablet devices to eventually
slow the netbook market and to reach a total of 8 million units by
year's end. In July, it raised that figure to 11 million, basing the
figure, analyst Jeff Orr wrote in a July 20 report, on both iPad sales
and the tablets it expects will debut from Apple competitors
during the fourth quarter, in time for holiday sales.
Among the few established facts in the tablet world, for now, are
that Apple sold more than 1 million iPad tablets within the first month
of the device's April 3 launch and 3.27 million iPads during its
quarter ending June 26.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.