Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung this evening in New York City announced its Media Hub service -- movies and TV on Galaxy devices. Also, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab Android 7-inch tablet will be available on all major U.S. carriers. That's right, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Here's the official word:

Samsung Mobile today announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Tab™ in the U.S with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The first mobile tablet from Samsung shares many of the powerful characteristics of the Galaxy S smart phone lineup that launched this summer. The Galaxy Tab is designed with several enhancements to create a unique mobile experience that other products can’t deliver.

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.

Samsung's Dale Sohn also announced that the Tabs should be available by the holiday season, and that a Wifi-only version is in the works.

We're live at the event, so join the liveblog and stay tuned for more info and some hands-ons. Full presser from Samsung after the break.

DALLAS, September 16, 2010 —Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Tab™ in the U.S with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The first mobile tablet from Samsung shares many of the powerful characteristics of the Galaxy S smart phone lineup that launched this summer. The Galaxy Tab is designed with several enhancements to create a unique mobile experience that other products can’t deliver.

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. . The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.

“The addition of Galaxy Tab to the Galaxy product portfolio is a powerful proof point of Samsung’s commitment to bring new and innovative mobile experiences to U.S. consumers,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. “The 7-inch display and thin, lightweight design, combined with premium content and productivity tools makes the Galaxy Tab a true mobile tablet that is as comfortable to use standing on a crowded train as it is relaxing on the couch at home. The Galaxy Tab is perfect for watching a movie, reading an e-book or catching up with your favorite TV shows or chatting with an old friend. Plus, the Tab’s design makes it completely pocketable in your pants or jacket.”

Powerful Display, Portable Design
The Galaxy Tab’s 7-inch display features enhanced TFT technology, offering brighter colors and clearer pictures, whether watching a movie or reading a book. The display delivers 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution, offering full support to the Android 2.2 operating system. With support for Flash Player 10.1, the Galaxy Tab delivers an enhanced content experience when compared to other tablets currently available in the U.S. Users can engage with thousands of sites with rich Flash based applications and content including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, video, music and more. Samsung’s mobile tablet also provides access to the more than 80,000 applications currently available on the Android Market™.

Many of the built-in productivity services and Android applications are scalable to fit the Galaxy Tab’s full 7-inch screen. For example, the user’s email, calendar and contacts will all rotate from portrait to landscape format through the tablet’s accelerometer and then open as a split-screen to create a PC or laptop viewing experience on the Tab. Likewise, many Android Market applications will open in full screen. Non-scalable Android Market applications will be framed and centered on the Galaxy Tab screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is designed for people who want a premium mobile entertainment experience on the go, but don’t want to be weighed down by a bulky device. The Galaxy Tab fits in a pocket or purse, weighs only 13 ounces and is 12 millimeters thin. Those super-light and sleek dimensions, matched with the 7-inch touchscreen display allows the Galaxy Tab to easily fit into a jeans’ backpocket or the inside pocket of a jacket. The compact design of Galaxy Tab also makes it easy for the user to type on the virtual keyboard with both thumbs or with one hand using Swype technology to type with one continuous finger motion across the keyboard.  

Two Cameras, One-on-One Video Chat
The Galaxy Tab is designed with a rear-facing 3 megapixel camera for taking pictures on-the-go and sharing with family and friends. The Tab is also outfitted with a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and camcorder, enabling video chat with other people who have video conferencing capabilities. Users can align the Galaxy Tab with video chat clients including Qik and Fring and seamlessly talk with other people over a WiFi connection.
 
Google Mobile Services Benefits
Services like Google Maps™ Navigation (Beta) and Google Goggles are available on Google’s Android platform. With useful location-based services like Google Maps™, consumers can search in Standard English instead of entering an exact address. A search-by-voice function is just as intuitive, meaning searches can also be completed easily on the go. Google Goggles™ is a powerful, visual search tool that uses the Samsung GALAXY Tab’s camera to uncover information – an image of a landmark or artwork is automatically used to perform a search, delivering relevant content like a description or history. In addition, with a camera, users can enjoy various augmented reality services which are downloadable in the application market.
 
Samsung Social Hub Simplifies
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S smart phone portfolio, the Galaxy Tab keep users connected with Samsung’s Social Hub application. Social Hub works with the user’s Messaging and Contacts to initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar, and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.

Additional features of the Galaxy Tab include:
- Daily Briefing: Offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and schedules.
- Impressive Onboard & Expandable Memory: Galaxy Tab can add 32 GB of external memory to store and manage your favorite video content and pictures.
- AllShare DLNA Technology: Take video or pictures shot with Galaxy Tab and send content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices (HDTVs, laptops, PC monitors, etc.)
- Document Viewer & Editor: Open and make changes to any Word, Excel, Powerpoint or PDF document
- 4,000 mAh Battery: Super-sized battery provides ample power to watch movies, share content and surf the Web

Samsung Media Hub – Entertaining the Masses
In addition, the Galaxy Tab will include future access to Media Hub, Samsung’s own content service, offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase. Samsung is working with the biggest and best names in entertainment, including MTV Networks, NBC, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Paramount to assemble a full library of movies and TV programming, including new release films, next day TV  episodes and even full TV show seasons. Media Hub also allows the user to expand the entertainment experience, allowing content purchased to permanently own to be shared with up to five devices that carry the Media Hub application.
 
Premium Accessories Portfolio
To enhance the Galaxy Tab user experience even further, a set of accessories designed specifically for the mobile tablet are available for purchase from www.Samsung.com including:

Keyboard Dock - $99.99
- Ergonomic, comfortable full-size keyboard with 7” Galaxy Tab replaceable inserts that doubles as a charger for power and synchronization of media and data 
- Dock contains convenient stereo audio output jack for connecting to speakers or home stereo
Desktop Dock - $49.99
- Doubles as a Galaxy Tab charger using the Micro USB wall adapter that comes with the Tab; allows users to view movies, display as a digital picture frame and listen to music
- HDMI output to view HD content on HDTV enabled with 1080p resolution and provides HDTV connection to play content from the Galaxy Tab to a television 
Car/GPS Dock - $99.99
- Conveniently positions 7” Galaxy Tab display screen inside car for turn-by-turn GPS navigation instructions and traffic updates
- Attachable to either the windshield or car dashboard and rotates freely between landscape and portrait modes

Upcoming Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Tab portfolio of mobile tablets from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless will be available in the coming months. For additional information on the Samsung Galaxy Tab portfolio, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxytab.

 

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Samsung Announces the Galaxy Tab on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

19 Comments

I want bigger screens. 10 would be nice. Wifi Only model 10 inch would be the perfect couch serfing tab.

I have a few friends with the Ipad. 10 inches is kinda nice, but it does feel awkward to hold in your hands (though it is nice propped up.

If this thing has full cell radios, and I can activate it as a cellphone.. I might just get one of these, and a decent bluetooth and call it a win.

Pretty neat. I personally don't have much use for it since I already have an Evo and a laptop. It would be like having a second Evo with a 2.7"-larger screen but still, cool to see. I think I will hold off on the whole slab tablet craze for another year or two. By then my laptop will be 4 years old and the hardware in these will assumedly be competitive with a full fledged laptop so I can maybe replace my laptop with a tablet. Until then it's just overkill for someone like me.

$300 is a good price for the WiFi only model. $400 is to close to the ipad, which has a much bigger screen.

Big screens are good for some people. Others want a more portable device (but bigger than a cell phone). I'm glad there is a choice.

Wow the selection is great, I know it will sell better than the iPad, seeing as it is available on most networks, that would be very nice, all I hope is that the T-Mobile and AT&T cards are backwards compatible with the Tabs... It would be nice to just pay one price every month rather than $120 for 2 devices, or just paying an extra fee each month would be nice too, a SMALL fee, maybe 10 dollars? I would buy that.

maybe I'm missing something...my Droid X has a 4.3 inch screen. This has a 7 inch screen? Why should I get this over the 10 inch Ipad...especially if I have a phone that's almost as big as the Galaxy tab?

You may need a Galaxy Tab because your 1570 mAh battery on your Droid X will be dead and this has a 4000 mAh battery? Just a thought...

I'm really impressed with Samsung right now. The big question is going to be pricing, considering that the phone capabilities will be turned off for the U.S.

No phone? not happening. no way. Forget about it. The LAST thing I want is ANOTHER contract with Verizon. If I could use it as a phone...maybe

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This is awesome news!! Samsung is definately doing things right, first with their Galaxy S line of phones for each carrier and now the same with their tablet. They're taking full advantage of every carrier, thus making the consumer happy while in the process of putting more money in their own pocket.
As opposed to tying your one trick pony to a single carrier. (ie: Apple)
WTG Sammy!