In lieu of concrete details on any other Android tablets, Samsung’s Galaxy tablet could be the first genuine iPad competitor to talk about in months.
All we know for sure about the Samsung tablet is that it runs Android and measures 7 inches, Reuters reports. Rumor has it that the tablet will be called either the Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Tape. It will reportedly run Android 2.2 on a 1.2 GHz A8 processor, with a Super AMOLED screen, 16 GB of internal storage, 32 GB MicroSD expansion, and weigh 0.82 pounds. Samsung’s TouchWIZ user interface may be used, and the tablet could otherwise look like Samsung’s Galaxy S phones.
Samsung has invited CrunchGear, and presumably other tech press, to an event on August 11, when the company “celebrates a new dimension of Wonder with new products and announcements.” The invitations went out days after Reuters reported that a 7-inch Samsung Android tablet is in development. Put those facts together, and you’ve got a reasonable case for a big Galaxy Tape or Tab unveiling next week.
Samsung has a chance to break the ice at its press conference next week, and at the perfect time, right behind its well-received Galaxy S smartphones. If the company comes out swinging with an actual product that reporters can rave about, and a release date that isn’t too deep into the holiday season, we can dust off the iPad comparisons and reboot the debate over tablet supremacy. I’m looking forward to it.