The new Samsung Galaxy Tab is Samsung’s latest innovation. Galaxy Tab release date is going to be on the 3rd quarter of this year. It is a Tablet PC that aims to compete with iPad, Notion Ink Adam, and WePad (German-made tablet PC now known as WeTab) Wall Street Journal had a one-on-one interview with J.K. Shin, President of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Division. Among other things confirmed by Shin is the definite release date of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which will be no later than 3rd quarter of this year. He explained that the surging consumer interest for tablet PC has emboldened his company to join the business. Samsung manufactures the A4 chip that powers the Apple iPad and iPhone 4 but Shin denies that their Galaxy Tab will also have this processor. Samsung did not reveal yet the Galaxy Tab price but we heard it’s going to be sold cheap, much cheaper than iPad.
On the contrary, the Samsung Galaxy Tab PC will feature a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU which is reputed to be faster than the A4 CPU. The operating system is going to be Android OS 2.2 Froyo and not Windows 7. The Galaxy Tab’s 7-inch SUPER AMOLED screen is smaller than the iPad but it will be viewable under the sun. Like its Apple counterpart, the touch screen display will support multi-touch operations and accelerometer controls. The first batch of Samsung’s tablet computers will come equipped with 16 GB of built-in storage and is upgradeable with microSDHC memory cards up to 32 GB-size. Lastly, the 4,000mAh battery will offer more than 5 hours of use.
Shin did not give any more specifics about the Galaxy Tab’s hardware features. Like what I’ve stated above, he also did not mention any price quotations for it. He, however, hinted that Samsung is aggressively developing Long-Term Evolution (LTE) solutions for smart phones and other devices. LTE is a fourth-generation technology that aims to increase the capacity and speed of mobile networks. Is he saying the Galaxy Tab, aside from WiFi and 3G connectivity, will also be LTE-compatible? That’s what we’re going to find out when this cheap Tablet PC is already out in the market.