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More Samsung Galaxy Tablet Details Emerge


More Samsung Galaxy Tablet Details Emerge

Samsung has already confirmed that it will be bringing a tablet to market this quarter, but now more details are emerging regarding specifications and carrier.

A leaked firmware for the device, (P1000XXJH3 – in case you were wondering), suggest that the display will be limited to 480 x 800, the same as the 4in OLED display on the Galaxy S smartphone, which means it will already be lagging behind the iPad in that regard.

It will have a 3.2 megapixel camera on the rear, (2,048 x 1,536), and a 240 x 320 resolution camera on the front. Not surprisingly it will offer Wi-Fi and GPS and Bluetooth, though there's no confirmation of versions. There’s also mention of a Flash Player, which will give it greater appeal over the iPad for online video and games, assuming battery life isn't adversely affected. The ingenious new Swype keyboard tech will also be on-board and it will all be powered by a 1GHz ARM11 chip.

The expectation is that the device be dubbed the Galaxy Tab and a screen grab of a Vodafone UK system list sent anonymously to Engadget suggest that this network will get the device, though there’s no mention of a release date or price.

Bets are on that the Tab will launch in a few weeks at IFA and as this starts on 3 September we won’t have to wait too long for confirmation.

Via: OLED Display.net

Samsung Galaxy Tab First Look

Luan Bach

August 16, 2010, 3:48 pm

Been working with a prototype. It nice and fast with a lovely screen. The touch buttons are in an unfortunate position for landscape usage though. It's much lighter than an iPad and can easily be hold one handed long periods.


August 16, 2010, 3:58 pm

Shouldn't Samsung wait for 3.0 at least? The support for higher resolutions would be worth it alone. This will look pretty outdated very quickly.

Oh and no podcast for last week?

Geoff Richards

August 16, 2010, 4:18 pm

@Luan Bach - maybe we should arrange for you to visit the office for a demo :) Glad to hear it is lighter, though as we found with the Galaxy S, there's an invisible balance between the mass of an object and the impression of solidity; Apple gear feels so well-built but hopefully "lighter" won't feel "cheaper"

@Runadumb: 3.0 (Gingerbread) is later in the year. I'm sure Samsung (and others) have been working hard on devices like this for months, since the runaway success of the iPad. So there's that lead-time, but there's also the expense of the higher-resolution screens. I imagine, as with many other devices, there will be more-expensive / higher-resolution models, and lower-res entry-level devices.

We didn't record a podcast last week due to several staff being on holiday.

Luan Bach

August 16, 2010, 4:44 pm

It's pretty much a giant Galaxy S :-). Played back 1080p mkv very nicely and all our applications ran first time, though I couldn't get the front facing camera to work. Annoyingly, the USB connector is a proprietary one.


August 16, 2010, 5:40 pm

@Luan Bach can you tell us anything about the battery life? If it's anywhere close to the iPad's I'm in!

Luan Bach

August 16, 2010, 7:04 pm

I can't really say what the battery life is as I haven't been running it off the cable connection for longer than 30 mins or so, also :

1. It's a prototype so things will change.

2. It has some battery utilisation/protection code running and occasionally won't charge if it gets too hot. So I haven't got it to 100% yet.


August 16, 2010, 8:10 pm

What screen size is this Tablet?

The fact that the price has not yet been announced has me slightly concerned, and I suspect that if it is using a larger OLED it will be pretty pricey (£300+) which puts it outside what I am looking for in a Tablet. As has been mentioned over and over, a tablet should be an alternative to a desktop/laptop and not a replacement (hence why Android is probably the best option as the OS at the moment) so having laptop prices just seems crazy, this should be a media consumption device with some limited Gaming, editing ect functions at around £200 IMO

Personally i've been very impressed with what the Chinese Manufacturers have been up to, its not very well publicised but there are quite a few Android Tablets appearing in that Market that look quite good contenders for what I am looking for. Currently there is one which is called the Nationlite MIDnite (or Witstech A81-e) which looks very nice, a 7" screen with a Cortex A8 processor at 700mhz, running Android 2.2 (so supports Flash), capable of playing back 720p files and has a battery life of around 5-7 hours depending on wifi for $200 (before tax), very tempted to buy one, more like this please!


August 16, 2010, 11:54 pm


Agree with those price point observations. I'll wait a bit for a tablet I think.


August 17, 2010, 12:03 pm


That's the sort of price I'm looking for too.

I've steered clear of the various Chinese manufacturers - official Android market is a must for me.


August 17, 2010, 1:36 pm

@raytr @Codemonkey

Glad its not just me whos having issues with the price point, tho I admit that looking for a table for around £200 then makes me question why smartphones are becoming £400+! But thats another discussion

Yeah the lack of an official market is a downside, apparently the Witstech A81-e does have the official market (according to forum reviews) tho I suspect that the compnay has hacked the support as opposed to Google allowing it...


August 17, 2010, 4:16 pm

@Stelph you serious? you can get smartphones for under £200 just don't expect captive screens on them. LG GT540.

I want to see what samsung can do with the tablet form factor, cheap imitations will be dime a dozen next year.

Geoff Richards

August 17, 2010, 4:25 pm

@Stelph - I gather you meant "tablet", not "table" - I was wondering what a piece of IKEA had to do with the price of a smartphone :P

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