Print 12 comment(s) - last by theapparition.. on Aug 31 at 1:26 PM

The Galaxy Tab is coming to Verizon!  (Source: Boy Genius Report)

The previously leaked teaser images of the Galaxy Tab showed a 7-inch device running Android 2.2 Froyo, with front and back cameras (allowing video calling support).  (Source:
Is Motorola next?

Yesterday Samsung cheered the news of having sold over 1 million Galaxy S smart phones in the U.S. alone.  Also, screenshots leaked that pinpointed September 9 as the date for Verizon's launch of its own Galaxy S variant, the "Fascinate".

Now the folks over at Verizon are back at it again, leaking yet another juicy screenshot to the
Boy Genius Report.  This time around, the leaked shot shows that Samsung's Galaxy Tab Android tablet is coming to Verizon.  

A bit is already known about the upcoming tablet from a teaser video.  The 7” Galaxy Tab is expected to run Android 2.2 at launch and features the same 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU (co-developed with Intrinsity) found in the Galaxy S and Galaxy S Pro.  It is expected to have a moderate resolution camera in the back and a front camera for video calling.

Launching on Verizon, America's largest wireless network, should help the device take on the kingpin of the tablet industry, Apple.  Apple at this point is virtually uncontested in the tablet market, and is making the best of that, selling over 2.3 million iPads a month.  Numerous designs from competitors, including the webOS-powered HP Hurricane and Asus Eee Pad, are expected soon to launch and give the iPad a fight, though. 

Samsung's toughest competition may come from Motorola's rumored upcoming Android tablet.  While Samsung's tablet is expected to launch in September, or in October at the latest, Motorola's tablet is rumored not to launch until early next year.  Reportedly Motorola is opting to wait for the Q1 2011 launch of Android 3.0 and is using the extra time to perfect the tablet.  That device is rumored to be 10 inches.

Of course if the two companies' Android smartphones are any indication, the Galaxy Tab will pack the superior processor; the Galaxy S is nearly twice as fast as the Motorola Droid X, running the same version of Android.

As for the Galaxy Tab, it reportedly will be officially unveiled at the IFA consumer electronics conference in Berlin on September 2. 

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By Kyleh on 8/31/10, Rating: 0
RE: Wrong.
By Denigrate on 8/31/10, Rating: 0
RE: Wrong.
By geddarkstorm on 8/31/2010 1:16:54 PM , Rating: 2
But you do know that the Galaxy S and Droid X have the same CPU, just different SoC's build around it, right?

RE: Wrong.
By theapparition on 8/31/2010 1:26:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, and we all know that that 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 computers with different motherboards, memory, L3 cache, and graphics all perform the same.

Seriously though, anyone who claims one phone is signifigantly faster than the other is just misinformed. There may be slight differences, but it's not night and day. To be fair, Snapdragon also has comparable day-to-day performance also. Major difference so far is in battery life, where Snapdragon falls quite short.

RE: Wrong.
By omnicronx on 8/31/2010 11:02:48 AM , Rating: 3
They phones are completely comparable and both have Cortex 8 cores at heart, both running at 1GHZ.. the Droid X seems to edge the Galaxy S in CPU, but the Galaxy S definately has the better GPU (it has a PowerVR 540 over a 530 in the Droid X).

In the end they a both great phones, neither phone 'blows the other out of the water'.

RE: Wrong.
By theapparition on 8/31/2010 12:52:38 PM , Rating: 1
Completely accurate.

People love to quote benchmark results, thinking they are gospel or something. <shakes head>.

Droid X scores better in Quadrant, which champions claim as superior and detractors claim bogus. Galaxy phones score better in Linpak, which champions point to and detractors claim bogus.

Both phones are very close in real world performance. Users who have used both extensively say the choice is a toss up and comes down to personal preference. I'd say the GPU in the Galaxy S is certainly better (and the reason for some of the better benchmarks which translate to zero day-to-day phone use).

Back on topic, beside the typical fanboyish article, who's to say that after a year Motorola won't put the Ti OMAP 4640 in the tablet instead of the OMAP 3630 currently used. Or that the released Samsung tablet will use the same clocked Hummingbird (to conserve battery life). Piss poor editorial speculation.

Let's hope it isn't Froyo...
By mydogfarted on 8/31/2010 10:14:16 AM , Rating: 4
or at least not Verizon's build of Froyo. Myself, my wife and several of our friends with Droids have had nothing but problems with our phones since the update. MMS/SMS not working, the Gallery app crashing, connectivity issues. Jesus, if I wanted something that didn't work, I'd have purchased an iPhone 4.

RE: Let's hope it isn't Froyo...
By bplewis24 on 8/31/2010 11:03:38 AM , Rating: 2
I have Froyo on my Droid with Verizon and have no issues with MMS, the gallery or connectivity.


helloooo what about the ExoPC?
By superPC on 8/31/2010 10:55:35 AM , Rating: 2
How long will you guys at DT keep ignoring this tablet? It has all the stuff we claim to want. a full OS (Win 7) with a good touch interface on top. A free app builder for everyone so you can build your own app (if you already know how to make a software for win 7).

Why do you guys keep ignoring it?

See these video yourself:

RE: helloooo what about the ExoPC?
By Stoanhart on 8/31/2010 12:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really see the point of a full OS on a tablet. To be honest, I don't really see myself buying a tablet; if I want to surf the web on the couch I've got already got a pocket sized tablet, my phone, or a laptop for the "full web" experience. Otherwise, I've got my desktop.

However, IF I were to get a tablet, it would be purely for sitting on the couch and reading news, email, etc, or playing a few simple games. In that case, I wouldn't want to deal with all the complexity that comes with a full OS. I would choose Android over Win7 on a tablet a million times over.

RE: helloooo what about the ExoPC?
By acer905 on 8/31/2010 12:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
But imagine this situation. You happen to have a foldable Bluetooth keyboard, and a Bluetooth mouse. The hardware market has gotten a bit better, and you can get a 2.2Ghz Core 2 equivalent in a tablet, at least 2GB of ram, and a decent GPU. This tablet could come in a 10" form factor, with a usb port, mini HDMI output, and sd slot. Suddenly you have a device to replace ALL your computing needs.

When at home you set it next to your large monitor, plug in the full keyboard/mouse combo, and do everything you do with a desktop.

When on the go simply pick it up and use the touchscreen for all your mobile browsing/multimedia needs.

When away from home, set up the Bluetooth mouse & keyboard, prop it up on its built in kickstand, and you have a laptop replacement.

As it is, limiting the tablet market to simple features is limiting the potential for tablets. Designing a powerful tablet with a full OS, and a touch overlay/app for handheld usage should be a priority. Most people don't need the full power of modern desktops, or even modern laptops. A highly connectible/customizable tablet could change the entire computing world.

A limited tablet will never have that possibility

As always...
By Drag0nFire on 8/31/2010 10:02:07 AM , Rating: 2
pricing will be key. I'm curious how much they'll be charging for the data plan. I wouldn't be surprised if it was in excess of $30/month.

Will they be selling a version without the 3G?

"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki