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Samsung Galaxy Tab On Train in Aus, Captured in China

Andy Vandervell

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Samsung Galaxy Tab On Train in Aus, Captured in China

Were this 'ye olden times' and the Galaxy Tab was a young woman and not a seven-inch Android tablet, we'd wager it would be labelled a wanton hussy so often is it seen flaunting itself despite not being 'out'. In recent days it has been captured on camera on an Australian train, and it has also been captured on camera - in rather less blurry fashion than the LG C900 yesterday - by a Chinese website.

Its sighting on an Australian train is particularly odd. It was recorded by an eagle-eyed traveller and, according to Electronista, when quizzed the owner of the device said it was "awesome" and "different" to the Apple iPad. Considering this person has advanced access to the device, we'll take his potentially biased view with a pinch of salt.

Rather less weird, and more revealing, were pictures on Chinese website ifranr. These spy shots revealed, perhaps not surprisingly, that the device is indeed running Android 2.2.

Interestingly, the unit here seems to differ slightly from previously leaked shots that featured three buttons, including a physical 'Home' button. This Galaxy Tab seems to have four touch sensitive buttons (a context sensitive menu button, a back button, home and a search shortcut), which have backlights that extinguish when not in use. This does rather set off suspicions of fakery, however, or at least that this might be an earlier and since discarded prototype.

Other interesting titbits include the distinctly Apple-like power and docking connector, what looks like a slightly tweaked set of docked app icons, and a good look at the keyboard.

Frankly it's about time the Galaxy Tab stop being such a tease, no matter what good society might think of it. Our imaginations only take us so far, the rest has to lived. We expect IFA will mark the end of our torment.

UPDATE, 24th Aug, 16:45

Samsung has just released its own teaser video, which confirms that the above photos are in fact real.

Via: ifanr (Chinese) and Electronista (Not Chinese)

Pbryanw

August 24, 2010, 9:21 pm

All these tablet teasers, and all I want is a TR review and an idea of pricing. Assuming that they all get unveiled at IFA, I wonder how long before they reach our (virtual) shelves, and we can see whether the iPad has finally got itself a decent competitor?

HarryGlass

August 24, 2010, 10:34 pm

I don't understand why with Gingerbread rumoured to be released in October they didn't wait a month. Still looks nice, 7" is a better size than the 10" iPad I think and also this should be much more nicely weighted. The way things stand OS wise tho atm I think a 7" iPad (if it materialises) has the edge (video codecs aside) but in 6 months all should be more equal software wise and then the iPad will start to loose steam.

ChrisC

August 25, 2010, 1:07 am

Hopefully there will be a gate at the end of the development process that says "Is the UI as good as or better than the iPad - Yes/No? If no, then go back to the lab".





Love them or hate them, Apple have set the benchmark, where is the sense in failing to meet it?

CodeMonkey

August 25, 2010, 1:38 am

Here's hoping it's officially blessed with the Android Market - no Market, no deal...

Sleeper

August 25, 2010, 2:00 am

@ChrisC





Actually the question is "Is the UI acceptable?".





It doesn't have to be the best it just has to be good enough. That's why Windows dominates even though OS X was nicer right up until Windows 7 came out.





But a proprietary connector? Ugh.

DavidDB

August 25, 2010, 2:02 am

Market is essential





I keep waiting for a great Android Tablet Sim Free - No Contracts thanks want to get them for all the family to run off wi-fi





Was so disappointed to see dell go that way - Please Someone give us an Android Tablet without a shotgun wedding to a network

Andy Vandervell

August 25, 2010, 2:11 am

@CodeMonkey: Well, there is an important point, and I fear we'll be disappointed. If the resolution turns out to be the case, can it support marketplace? Not sure. Also, in the teaser, on the freeze frames seems to show some kind of app store with Samsung logos emblazoned across it like it were a separate store... I don't know, I might just be imagining things. Guess we'll see.

scotw

August 25, 2010, 12:20 pm

Looks interesting and could be a winner, but I have reservations. A proprietary connector is not a good start, if it lacks market its not much use and I would not be interested in a contract, wifi only for me please. Even if it gets everything right, it doesn't have the same breadth of apps in the apps store and of course a device with no apps is of limited use.





I suspect I'm going to be disappointed in one way or another. I'm still not buying an ipad though.

HarryGlass

August 25, 2010, 3:12 pm

Can someone remind me why Google forbid the market on these tablets? It just seems like they are shooting themselves in the foot.





I think things are changing with Gingerbread as that is built with full tablet support. Which again just makes me wonder why they didn't wait and release it with that.

ffrankmccaffery

August 26, 2010, 2:01 am

Even the bloody connectors a rip off of Apple's design. Samsung for all their commercial prowess just can't seem to infuse their products with a design that's unique to them. Even now I can still identify a Sony product from simply the design of the controls alone.

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