Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Samsung this afternoon officially unwrapped U.S. versions of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet, and the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is an aptly named 8.9-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet with TouchWiz that we first saw way back CTIA in March. It'll be available nationwide Oct. 2 for $569 for the 32 GB version, and $469 for the 16 GB version. Or, you might be able to snag one at a Best Buy before Sunday.

The Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are 4- and 5-inch Android 2.3.5 devices, respectively -- basically smartphones without the phone. The Galaxy Player 5.0 sports a massive 2500 mAh battery, while the 4.0 has a meager 1200 mAh battery.

Full press release is after the break.

Galaxy Player 4.0 Galaxy Player 5.0
Galaxy Player 4.0, left, and Galaxy Player 5.0

Samsung Mobile Announces New Expansion of Galaxy Family with Addition of Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 and Samsung Galaxy Player™ 5.0 and 4.0

 

Ultra-thin & powerful Galaxy Tab 8.9 available for pre-order right now; available in stores nationwide on October 2

Galaxy Player™ 5.0 and Galaxy Player™ 4.0 available for pre-order starting September 27; available nationwide starting October 16

DALLAS – September 26, 2011 - Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, and Samsung Electronics America today announced the immediate availability of the  Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9, along with the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Player™ 5.0 and 4.0. 

The Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 joins the Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 as the thinnest mobile tablets currently available in the U.S. market, measuring at 8.6 millimeters. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 shares many other features and services with the Tab 10.1 including Samsung’s TouchWiz® UX.  This unique user interface was created to integrate with Android™ 3.1, Honeycomb, to deliver a truly customized and interactive tablet experience. The TouchWiz UX includes:

  • Live Panel: Magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photo gallery, all on the home screen
  • Mini Mode Tray: One-touch overlay access to commonly used applications—Task Manager, Calendar, World Clock, Pen Memo, Calculator and Music Player
  • Clipboard: Advanced copy & paste functionality allows Galaxy Tab 10.1 users to store photos, Web pages, YouTube links, etc., for easy sharing via email and social network sites
  • Indicator Quick Panel: Quickly toggle on/off connectivity, notifications, sound, brightness and settings in lower right-hand corner of the display.
  • Photo Editor: Rotate, crop and adjust colors on high quality digital images

The Galaxy Player™ 5.0 and 4.0 offer a premium entertainment experience without the need for cell service, in a choice of form factors that are extremely pocketable. The large 5-inch and 4-inch touchscreens are an excellent option for enjoying games, music, videos, e-books and social media while on the move. The Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 weigh just 6.4 and 4.2 ounces respectively, delivering powerful entertainment, communication and information without the bulk of portable DVD players or laptops. The Galaxy Players are powered by Android™ 2.3.5, Gingerbread, complete with a new, streamlined user interface and are enabled with Wi-Fi™ (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity for quick and easy access to online services and Web search.  In addition, the two devices are designed with front and rear cameras for video chat and photography. Both Galaxy Players will support Samsung’s Media Hub content service in the future through a software update.

“These three additions to the Galaxy family of products are impressive examples of our commitment to offering consumers an unrivaled array of choices for entertainment and information on-the-go,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. ”People want their mobile device to fit their lifestyle and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Players offer unparalled power and portability to meet the widest consumer needs.”

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is built with a dual-core T250S processor, WXGA TFT display (1280x800 resolution) fortified by Gorilla® Glass. The portable tablet includes a 6,100 mAh battery for hours of entertainment without needing a recharge. This premium hardware is packaged in a sleek, portable design weighing less than one pound (447 grams).

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is packed with entertainment, productivity and content sharing services to make the device a true focal core of the user’s consumer electronics ecosystem. The list of powerful services includes:

·         Samsung Media Hub: Choose from more than 5,000 popular and acclaimed movie and TV titles to download for rent or purchase. Upcoming new release additions to the Media Hub library include “Fast Five,” “Horrible Bosses” and “Green Lantern.” The added service, Media Hub Show, uses an HD Extender to playback content on TV through an HDMI cable from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 dock or adaptor.

·         Samsung Music Hub: Choose from more than 13 million songs to download into an intuitive playback system. Music Hub also provides extensive background information, with access to all artist bios, discographies and reviews.

·         Samsung Readers Hub: The lightweight design and large display make the Galaxy Tab 8.9 an ideal device to access the Readers Hub robust library of more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 2,300 magazines.

·         Social Hub: Users can aggregate email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface through the service’s “Feeds” and “Messages” files.

·         Google™ Mobile Services: A suite of Google Mobile Services is preloaded on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 including access to more than 250,000 applications on Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Search™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and Google Talk™ with video and voice chat.

·         AllShare™ service: Provides seamless content transfer between the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTV’s, monitors and digital cameras.

·         Rear and Front-facing cameras: The rear-facing 3-megapixel camera and front-facing 2-megapixel camera including flash and autofocus, 1080p video playback and full support of video chat and digital imaging

·         Polaris™ Office: Instant access to documents, spreadsheets and presentations to view and edit while on the move

·         Swype: Re-size the keyboard, move the virtual keyboard anywhere on the screen and type faster by swyping

·         Mobile Printing: Print documents and pictures wirelessly from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to any compatible printer.

Additional features of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 include:

Enterprise Solutions and Services:

  • Full support for Exchange ActiveSync version 14
  • On device encryption
  • Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  • Sybase® MDM (Mobile Device Management)
  • Cisco WebEx™ mobile conference solution for meetings on the go

FindMyMobile:

·         If the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is lost or stolen, the user can locate the device on a map, and track it live as it moves, remotely lock the device to prevent unauthorized access and delete personal information stored on the device.

Additional features of the Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 include:

Samsung GALAXY Player 5.0

Network

WiFi™ 802.11b/g/n

OS

Android™ 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)

Display

 5” WVGA TFT LCD (800x480)

Camera

Rear : 3.2MP Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : VGA Camera

Video

Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback & Recording: 720p HD Video

Audio

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, FLAC, WAV
3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio and Stereo Speaker

Value-added Features

Android Market™

Google™ Mobile Services : Google™ Talk, Google™ Maps, Books, etc.

Allshare

Task Manager

Voice Recorder

Connectivity

Bluetooth® 3.0
Mini USB

Memory

8GB , microSD slot (up to 32GB)

Size

3.07 x 5.56 x 0.46 inches

Weight

6.42 ounces

Battery

2,500mAh

 Samsung GALAXY Player 4.0

Network

WiFi™ 802.11b/g/n

OS

Android™ 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)

Display

 4” WVGA Super Clear LCD (800x480)

Camera

Rear : 3.2MP Camera AF
Front : VGA Camera

Video

Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback & Recording: 720p HD Video

Audio

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, FLAC, WAV
3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio and Stereo Speaker

Value-added Features

Android Market™

Google™ Mobile Services : Google Talk™, Google Maps™, Books, etc.

Allshare

Task Manager

Voice Recorder

Connectivity

Bluetooth® 3.0
Mini USB

Memory

8GB , microSD slot (up to 32GB)

Size

2.53 x 4.87 x 0.39 inches

Weight

4.27 ounces

Battery

1,200mAh

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is available for sale nationwide starting October 2 for $569 for the 32GB version and $469 for the 16GB version. The Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 will be available for sale nationwide starting October 16. The Galaxy Player 5.0 will be available for $269, while the Galaxy Player 4.0 will be available for $229. Visit www.samsung.com for additional details on pre-order information.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q2 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America.  For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

Reader comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 get official in the U.S.

11 Comments

I've been waiting for an Android version of the ipod touch..can't wait to check out the Galaxy Players in person...

I use my phone for tunes...Can't see the niche for the player really. Not when the phone does the same things.

Not everyone has a smartphone nor does everyone want one. This was perfect for my daughter and I kinda wish I got one for myself one too.

Samsung must be crazy if they think that 469.00 is a good price for a tablet that is smaller that the 10.1 for 499.99. And I can see why Apple us constantly trying to sue Samsung. Just like any other Asian company all they do is COPY.. Have you seen the other products such as the phones with the home button in the middle? This is sickening and they should be brought to their knees or at least try to be innovative. SMH

@dguidry12 Home button in the middle. Now that's innovation. Apple should sue Microsoft and Samsung for stealing that amazing technology.

i cannot believe that the media players DO NOT include the media hub! Seriously what is Samsung thinking? An iPod touch competitor that does not have an integrated media store for tv shows and movies......fail.