Samsung Developing New 7 Inch Tablet + Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 Set for European DebutBy
There is a new Galaxy Tab in the making, which in reality will be a sequel to the original Galaxy Tab, which was the first tablet PC running Android from Samsung and the first tablet to put up some sort of a resistance to the iPad juggernaut. So the new tablet will continue with the 7 inch display, as is evident in its name – Galaxy Tab 7. The tablet is currently under development, and is likely to be ready to strike markets by fall this year.
In the meantime, though, there are some bits and pieces of the new Galaxy Tab 7 that have come to the fore and will help us predict what Samsung is lining up for us. The upcoming Galaxy Tab 7 will be built around the Exynos 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and will carry a 1 GB RAM and 2 GB of ROM. The tablet will come with 16 GB of on-board storage, though there will also be a SD card slot to further enhance storage capacity. The tablet will be 3G as well as 4G compliant and will boast of “Tab proprietary connector with USB Host capabilities.”
However, the most interesting part of the entire story is that Samsung is developing the tablet from ground-up to run Android Gingerbread 2.3.4. This is strange because the common perception seems to be that Android Honeycomb lies entangled with the future of Android tablet. Or who knows, as hdblog points out, Samsung might have even more exciting plans of integrating Android Honeycomb in Galaxy tab 7 when the specific version is released towards end of this year. Until that becomes a reality, Gingerbread will be calling the shots.
Among the other things that the Galaxy Tab 7 is expected to feature, it should include the facility to make video calls or send SMS messages. The tablet can also be used as a regular smartphone to make calls. In fact, the Galaxy Tab 7 can well be considered a bit over sized Galaxy S2 with some added features thrown in. However, the Galaxy Tab 7 will not come with the Super AMOLED Plus display of the Galaxy S2. Instead, the tablet will be provided with the more common WSVGA IPS interface.
The rest of the details haven’t surfaced yet, though what seems a surety is that the tablet will be provided with a generous dose of slim treatment. The original Galaxy Tab has been quite stubby and is not in line with the other super slim Galaxy Tabs Samsung has in its tablet line up. In any case, the Galaxy Tab 7 promises to be an interesting tablet to look forward to.
Galaxy Tab 8.9 & 10.1 to reach Nordic countries this summer
Meanwhile in another related development, Samsung has announced the pricing and availability of its 10.1 and 8.9 inch Galaxy Tabs in several European countries. So those in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden can look forward to the two Galaxy Tab versions in between the months of August and September. Those in Sweden are lucky in that for them, local telecom operator Telia will be introducing the tablet on June 29th. Prices vary according to region but lie between $670 and $710 for Galaxy Tab 8.9, while the bigger 10.1 inch sized Galaxy Tab will cost anywhere between $690 and $780 depending on configuration and region.