Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy Tab

June 17, 2010

Another day, another manufacturer expressing its intent to enter the tablet market. Today it’s Samsung entering the fray, with an Android-based tablet either called Galaxy Tape or Galaxy Tab depending on the source.

There are very big tech manufacturers now not developing or rumored to be developing a tablet device. The remarkable success of the iPad has shown that this (re)new(ed) form factor can sell to the masses, as long as the device is well-designed and affordable.

Samsung is the latest manufacturer to signal its intent, with a tablet that no one yet seems to know the proper name of. The Wall Street Journal is maintaining it’ll be called the Galaxy Tab, while Engadget and others suggest the name is Galaxy Tape. The former certainly makes more sense, but neither are exactly awe-inspiring. Then again, Apple’s naming of its tablet as ‘iPad’ came in for considerable criticism.

Enough about the name, what about the specs? The Galaxy Tab/Tape will run on Google Android 2.2 with a 1.2 Ghz A8 processor at its core. It’ll boast 16GB of on-board memory, expandable up to 48GB thanks to a MicroSD memory card slot. A 4,000mAH battery will power the whole thing, and it’ll weigh it at around 13 ounces.

The Galaxy Tab/Tap will have a 7-inch Super AMOLED flat-panel screen (with 8-inch and 10-inch versions rumored to follow). This should make it easier to use than the iPad and other tablets outside in direct sunlight. Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI will hold the whole together. And though that hasn’t been entirely successful on smartphones, it could be a different story on a tablet.

No pricing or release dates have yet been revealed.

I’m a fan of Samsung and its products. Like Apple and Sony, there are certain qualities its products always seem to have. And I have no doubt its tablet will follow this trend. That doesn’t, however, guarantee success, especially as Apple has so far cornered the tablet market in a big way with the iPad.

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