Samsung Electronics Co. Sept. 2 introduced Galaxy Tab computer to challenge Apple's iPad. The 7-inch-screen tablet machine will be available in Europe in two weeks, but U.S. and Asia will have to wait months for it.
machine weighs 13.4 ounces and is powered by a Cortex A8 1-GHz processor. The
device sports a modest 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash.
as Apple conceived its iPad as a major multimedia consumption gadget, Samsung
views the Galaxy Tab as a window into video content, electronic reading and
has created its own e-reading application dubbed the Readers Hub, as well as a
Media Hub app for film and video and Music Hub app for songs. The gadget's
4,000 mAh battery allows 7 hours of movie playing.
the iPad, Galaxy Tab supports Adobe's Flash 10.1 multimedia application and
enables video chat, thanks to a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
tablet also enables access to Google Apps such as Google Maps Navigation
turn-by-turn GPS directions, Google Voice Search and Google Goggles visual search. The
device will also support augmented reality apps.
Tab comes standard with 16GB of internal memory but scales to 32GB external
memory. To keep users online, Galaxy Tab supports 3G/HSPA connectivity, 802.11n
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.
device, whose pricing will likely be about $300, depending on carriers, is
slated to launch in Europe in mid-September.
expects to sell it in the United States, Korea and Asia in the coming months, with the
company planning an evening launch event Sept. 16 in New York City.
Genius Report reported Aug. 31 that Verizon Wireless will be one of the Galaxy
Galaxy Tab will have steep competition. ViewSonic is rolling outits ViewPad 7 at the IFA show.
has introduced not one but five tablet computers based on Android
2.2 that will start rolling out later this month and into October.
has also thrown its Android offering into the mix with its Streak tablet/smartphone hybrid device.