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7" Froyo-powered tablet will take on iPad and others

Yesterday, Samsung posted a short teaser video for its upcoming Android-based tablet, the Galaxy Tab.

The video doesn't reveal much, but it does clue us in to some of the Tab's features, which include a 7" screen, augmented reality, video calling (thanks to a front-facing camera), full web browsing (thanks to support for Flash), Android 2.2 "Froyo," HD movie play, navigation, and e-reading.

The 19-second clip concludes with a date and location -- September 2, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. This most likely means that we can expect an official unveiling of the Tab at the IFA consumer electronics trade fair next week.

In other Tab sightings, the Chinese website ifanr posted some leaked photos of the device, along with an almost impossible to understand (unless you read Chinese) first impression. One thing that Google Translate can help to make out, other than "the benefits of holding hands is not acid," is that the device had a certain plasticky feel -- a common complaint on Samsung's Galaxy S line of smartphones, too. The lightweight Tab also boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera in addition to the QVGA front-facing one, 1024 x 600 screen resolution, and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor. 

Keep in mind that the unit and pictures portray what is most likely an early prototype. Final specs could change (along with that plasticky feel, perhaps). 

With the Tab, Samsung is gearing to take on the ubiquitous Apple iPad, along with other players like the rumored Android 3.0 Motorola tabletRIM's "Blackpad," and the 5" Dell Streak, in what has become a quickly expanding tablet market.

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7inches is too small for a tablet
By PAPutzback on 8/25/2010 9:49:50 AM , Rating: 3
That is just a big smartphone. It needs to be 10 inches and support an HD resolution of 1280x720. I'll keep waiting. I like the idea of some OEMs thinking dual boot, that is the way to go.

RE: 7inches is too small for a tablet
By bug77 on 8/25/2010 10:41:25 AM , Rating: 2
It depends. 1024x600 has been good enough for netbooks and many people find a 10" iPad to be too large. So this may work for them.
Not for me though, I don't need a device that can open a browser and a media player and do pretty much nothing else.

By Denigrate on 8/25/2010 10:49:44 AM , Rating: 3
Getting one of these tablets to run Steam would be awesome.

RE: 7inches is too small for a tablet
By icrf on 8/25/2010 12:06:43 PM , Rating: 2
I think 1024x600 on my 10" netbook is too small. I also think a 10" tablet is too big. I was hoping for the 720p resolution on a 7" tablet.

And while I don't need a web browser/media player, I'd like one. I find my netbook is a little clunky to use on the couch. My iPhone works well enough, but is a little small and missing some features. A good tablet is something I'd spend money on. The iPad is not that tablet. This looks closer, but probably not quite there yet.

By XSpeedracerX on 8/26/2010 12:30:12 AM , Rating: 2
no the hell it isn't. Thats almost as big as a standard sheet of paper, and since it can be gripped by one hand, you won't look retarded two-hand typing it in portrait mode, nor will you thumbs struggle to find the center keys in landscape. You may even be able to pull off table-type ipad style.

I'm a writer and let me tell you this thing to me looks killer. Can't wait. Or maybe I can, since it's likely to be north of $500 :(

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