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After months of hearsay and conjecture, Samsung has finally revealed some official details on its Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab. While we still don’t have an official release date or pricing, the new information suggests that the tablet will be worth the wait.
The Galaxy Tab will have a 7-inch screen (running at a 1024-by-600 pixel resolution), and the same 1-gigahertz processor and PowerVR graphics processor seen in the Samsung Galaxy S phones. We now know for sure that it will run Google’s Android 2.2 mobile OS, the version also known by its codename “Froyo,” and will support Adobe’s Flash 10.1 software for interactive websites and video. It will also sport 512MB of memory, twice that of the iPad, a rear 3-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video conferencing.
It will be available in 16-gigabyte and 32-gigabyte storage flavors, and both will be expandable by up to 32-gigabytes via a memory card slot. Networking-wise, it will support 802.11N Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and will be 3G equipped. Samsung lists it as a 3G HSPA connection, which will work with GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile’s in the U.S. — but there will likely be a CDMA version coming to Verizon soon, according to the carrier’s internal systems.
Even though its screen is two inches smaller than the iPad’s, the Galaxy Tab still has many compelling aspects. We won’t see cameras on the iPad until some time next year, and it will be some time before we see Flash support, if ever. The Tab also appears to be the most polished Android tablet yet — at least until we see more from the Notion Ink Adam tablet.
Samsung says the Galaxy Tab will be available in Europe in mid-September, and should hit the U.S. and other countries later this year.
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