IFA 2010: Samsung Galaxy Tab – all the details revealed

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Samsung have finally officially lifted the lid on their Galaxy Tab tablet device, and, like the Viewsonic ViewPad 7, it turns out that it’s also a really massive phone too.

The 7 inch touchscreen Android 2.2 Froyo device took pride of palce during Samsung’s press conference earlier today, and we’ve finally got an official spec sheet to go along with months’ worth of blurry spy shots.

Running at a 1024 x 600 resolution on a TFT-LCD screen, the Galaxy Tab has all the bells and whistles of a regular smartphone (calls, texts, MMS etc), except for the fact it isn’t going to fit all that well in your trouser pockets.

It’s a pretty snappy piece of kit on the specs side too. A Cortex A8 1GHz processor is running the show, with 512 MB of RAM, 3G HSDPA, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 3 megapixel regular snapper on the back. The tablet will be availble in two sizes, 16 and 32 GB, expandable by a further 32 GB with memory cards. You’ll also be able to squeeze around 7 hours worth of life out of its 400mAh battery.

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Elsewhere you’ll find gyroscope, geo-magnetic, light and accelerometer sensors on board too.

Plenty of media file formats are supported (DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and more) alongside Flash 10.1, as well as the inclusion of a host of new Samsung content portals for ebooks, music and movies.

Vodafone have also been announced as the first UK carrier for the device, saying:

“Vodafone’s aim is to offer all customers new and attractive ways to enjoy mobile data, on the move, across a variety of devices”, said Patrick Chomet, group director of terminals at Vodafone.

“Adding tablets as part of our device range is a natural next step that gives customers an alternative way to enjoy great content and internet services. The Galaxy Tab is another showcase for Samsung’s innovation capabilities and we’re pleased to be introducing this across a number of our markets”.

No word on pricing yet, but expect a mid September launch.

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Gerald Lynch

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