The Samsung Galaxy Tab-the company’s new mobile device that is based on Google Android and ready to take on Apple’s iPad-is slated for a September debut, according to several published reports.
On June 7, Samsung confirmed that it will launch the Galaxy Tab during the second half of 2010, though offered few other details. Unconfirmed reports later put the device’s introductory date-since come and gone-at Aug. 11, and now PC World is reporting that Samsung is likely to unveil the tablet at the IFA 2010 consumer electronics show in Berlin, which starts Sept. 3.
While it has been rumored that the Galaxy Tab will arrive on the United Kingdom’s Vodafone network in the fall, a Berlin debut would suggest that Vodafone may not be alone-or not at the very head of the receiving line.
PC World additionally pointed to findings by the Samsung Firmware site, which in an Aug. 14 post reported getting its hands on some “new special firmware” belonging to Samsung’s new tablet.
It’s also said to feature rear and front-facing cameras-the latter with a maximum resolution of 240 by 320-and to include a 1GHz ARM CPU.
Previous reports have speculated that the Galaxy Tab will feature a 7-inch AMOLED display, include 16GB of memory, expandable up to 48GB, and include Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface.
Analysts expect a number of tablet competitors to arrive in time for fourth-quarter holiday shopping-ABI Research has forecast sales of 11 million tablets in 2010-and a September launch date could certainly give Samsung a jump on competitors.
A 7-inch display-were the Galaxy Tab to truly feature one-could also enable Samsung to avoid the criticism and even confusion that Dell has faced with its Streak. While Dell may consider the Streak a hybrid device, analysts have debated whether, with its 5-inch display, it’s more smartphone or tablet.
Ultimately, analysts have said that the success of the Streak may be determined less by its features than its price tag-which for the moment is $550 unlocked, or $300 with a two-year AT&T service contract-and the same may apply the Galaxy Tab.
As with the other details pertaining to its tablet project, however, Samsung has so far offered no pricing information for the Galaxy Tab.