Samsung Galaxy Tab Official Video: Here’s What We Know
By Jared Newman
As expected, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is getting the lion’s share of Android tablet hype lately, with a grand debut scheduled for September’s IFA conference in Berlin.
To build up the pre-conference buzz, Samsung has released an official Galaxy Tab teaser video, one that’s rather Droid-like with its metallic fonts and futuristic sounds. Piecing together clues from the video and other reports, we’ve now got a pretty good idea of what the Samsung Galaxy Tab is all about. Here are the facts, with a side order of rumors:
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, and although one rumor suggested a mere 800-by-480 resolution, a more recent report from Chinese-language Web site ifanr — complete with photos — says the actual screen resolution is 1024-by-600. The tablet can be held in one hand, if your fingers are long enough (grab a CD case around the shorter side to get a general feel).
From the video, there’s definitely a big camera on the back of the tablet (3.2 megapixels, says ifanr), with a little dot next to it that’s probably a flash. Samsung’s teaser lists video calls as a feature, so I wouldn’t rule out a front-facing camera, either. Navigation and mapping apps are shown in the video, so GPS is a safe bet. The same source that claims 800-by-480 resolution also said the Galaxy Tab has a 1 GHz processor and Bluetooth, based on leaked firmware.
Samsung says Android 2.2 will be the Galaxy Tab’s platform of choice, and confirms support for Adobe Flash. It’s likely that Samsung will use a version of its TouchWiz interface — like the one that appears in Samsung’s Galaxy S phones — but the teaser video avoids specifics.
Here’s a list of everything else Samsung mentions in the video without elaboration:
HD movie play
PC link web
In addition, the video shows Swype support and an app called “AllShare,” which looks like a way to sync with multiple servers and displays.
Price and release date are big mysteries, but you can’t expect those details before Samsung shows off the Galaxy Tab in full. There’s also no mention of Android Market support in the video. The only footage of an actual Galaxy Tab in action was hastily shot on board a train in Australia, and didn’t reveal much. The Samsung Galaxy Tab’s big reveal is scheduled for September 2.