Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Offers Smaller Body, Bigger Specs
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 is smaller than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but boasts a bigger processor under the hood.Samsung is doubling down on its Galaxy devices, with the announcement that its Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet will ship Oct. 2. Over the past year, the company has affixed the "Galaxy" brand to a growing number of smartphones and tablets, in a bid to offer an alternative ecosystem to Apple's iOS. The newest Galaxy Tab, with a screen measuring 8.9 inches on the diagonal (hence the name), doesn't present a radical twist on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 released in June. It runs Android 3.1 (code-named Honeycomb), which Samsung has "skinned" with its proprietary TouchWiz UX interface. The Tab 8.9 also features some Samsung-built features and applications, such as a Social Hub that syncs email delivery to a single in-box and integrates social-networking accounts such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
Hardware-wise, the Tab 8.9 includes a 2-megapixel camera in front and a 3-megapixel camera in the rear (with flash and auto-focus). The 1.5GHz dual-core T250S processor powers speedy application loading and Web browsing. Its screen resolution of 1,280x800, with the capability for 1,080p video playback, is more than adequate for e-reading as well as watching movies. To that end, Samsung is including its Music and Media Hubs, along with a Readers Hub for e-books.