Samsung announced details of the Samsung Galaxy Tab at the IFA in Berlin, the first tablet computer being developed to compete with the Apple iPad.
Weighing 380g, it will run on Android 2.2 and is powered by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz application processor. It is said it will provide ‘PC-like web browsing’ on a 7-inch display.
The Galaxy Tab will provide communication technology such as email, voice and video call, SMS/MMS and social networking.
“We will be launching the Samsung Galaxy Tab hot on the heels of our Galaxy S smartphone, which has already been a major success for us in the Irish market.” said Gary Twohig, general manager, Samsung Mobile Ireland.
“Samsung recognises the tremendous growth potential in this newly created market and we believe that the Galaxy Tab brings a unique and open proposition to the market.”
“The fact that three of the four Irish operators and Carphone Warehouse have already confirmed that they will be ranging the Galaxy Tab, confirms that our key customers also see the potential of this device,” he said.
It will also support Adobe Flash Player 10.1. Apple controversially omitted it in its own tablet computer.
The Galaxy Tab will include the ‘Readers Hub,’ an e-reading app that provides access to a digital library “from classical literature to the latest best-sellers and reference materials.”
It will also feature ‘Media Hub,’ for film and videos and ‘Music Hub’ for music.
The tablet computer has 3G HSUPA connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. It also features video conferencing over 3G and push email. It also supports HD video.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be launched in Ireland later in the year.