That’s right folks, a video was posted on the internet last night by Samsung themselves, bringing the official debut of their first tablet; say hello to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Okay, so the name isn’t particularly original, but, this is the Android touting tablet computer that has leaked more times than we’ve had hot dinners and although Samsung have neglected to give us a full run down of the specs, they have teased us with some of the more mouth-watering features.
These being, Augmented reality, video calling, full web browsing, Android 2.2, a camera on the back and a 7 inch screen which seem to be the biggest shouts in the video. Although interestingly, at around 9 seconds, we can see what looks like ‘HD Movie Play’ a great hint towards the screen being HD resolution and the possibility of watching your favourite HD movies on the go. We can also make out ‘e-reading’ which would make sense given the iPads success here.
Of course, sporting Android 2.2 also means that the Galaxy Tab will benefit from all of the Google services such as the Android Market, GMail, Street view, Maps and of course, the free Google Maps Navigation that has proven to be so popular amongst Android fans. Although, we’re not quite sure how practical this would be when mounted onto the windscreen in reality but we’d sure love the opportunity to give it a try! If your reading this Samsung and feeling rather generous, how about sending us a Galaxy Tab to play with? (well, it’s worth a try…)
What the video doesn’t confirm and that we’re keen to know, is how the Galaxy Tab would co-exist along side an Android Smartphone? In that, will the Galaxy Tab follow in the footsteps of Apple and offer a Wi-Fi only version for those that own an Android Smartphone already and can utilise the Wi-Fi hotspot option that Android 2.2 has unlocked, as well as a subsidised 3G model. Also, should you already own an Android Smartphone, will the apps be shared across both devices, assuming the apps are tweaked by the developers to cope with the Tabs larger screen dimensions?
Have you been considering an Ipad? Well, you may just will want to hold off until the September 2nd announcement in Berlin, which we imagine will be the official unveiling of the Tab and is a date that we’ve underlined, highlighted, circled… (you get the picture) in our calendar. Keep an eye on the blog, as soon as we know any more details, we’ll post them right here. In meantime, why not take a look at our Android Smartphone range and grab yourself a piece of the action and a perfect partner for the Tab when it’s released.