Jun 03 AT 9:08 AM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab(let) first of three coming this year

The official twitter account for the Samsung Blog of South Africa has unveiled the first picture of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7 inch Android-powered tablet. Not a lot is known about the device right now, but it appears to run Android 2.1 with Touchwiz, feature a 7 inch TFT display, and include a 3.5 mm headset jack and front-facing camera.

South Africa could be the first country to launch the Galaxy Tab, but it will also be coming to South Korea via SK Telecom. The Korea Herald is reporting Samsung is actually working on three Android tablets for launch later this year. First will come the 7 inch model which will be followed by a 8-inch version in October and a 10-inch one in December.

It is interesting to note that the first picture of the Tab has a phone icon displayed on the homescreen. We can also see a missing sim card icon in the notification panel. This is early software so things could change, but it appears the Galaxy Tab will be able to make voice and video calls.

We are also going to assume these tablets will run Samsung’s own 1 GHz Hummingbird platform (S5PC110) which features a dedicated PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor. Early benchmarks have shown this chipset can outperform the Qualcomm Snapdragon, but we will have to wait and see.

Galaxy Tab camera

The Galaxy Tab appears to have a front facing camera.

Via: Twitter

Source: Korea Herald

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  • http://Website 2C

    I’m still waiting on the Notion Ink Adam as it has been my favorite Android based tablet so far. Mostly because my primary use for the tablet would be as an eBook reader and its screen can be used as a LCD or eInk display.

  • AndMac


    Who cares? There is already a flood of these small screen tablets from China. This is just one among many and unless it sells for less than $200, most will go for an iPad.

    Give us 11″, then we have something to get excited about.

    • toddjy

      If you read the article, it says 8 and ten inch are planned. Of course, if the 7 inch doesn’t sell, Samsung may scrap the larger ones, not realizing 7 inch is too small but too large.

      Couple hundred new Android tablets announced this week, and almost no mention of any them anywhere to be found. But I’m still looking.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    Interesting. I’m not sure I like the idea of a 7 inch screen… too big to just carry around anywhere, and doesn’t seem quite big enough for home use… Not sure what market they’re going after here… people who don’t already have smartphones maybe?

    • http://Website Andre

      As an iPad owner, I’d argue that 7″ is actually too small. One of the biggest surprises about the iPad is how easy is it to touch type. I get about 80% of my normal typing speed on the virtual keyboard, and the biggest drag on my speed comes from having to switch keyboard layouts for numerals and special characters. I write about 1500-2500 words a day on the iPad, and don’t own or want an external keyboard.

      10 inches is really the sweet spot for tablets, unless they’re mainly intended for consumption. I’d be willing to try typing on a 7-incher, but I have my doubts.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nuclearstr1der Michael Struwig

    Damn – go SAffers!

    First time we ever get anything ;)

  • toddjy

    This is a prototype. The software it’s running may not have been changed much (or at all) from the phone’s software. The four icons on the tablet are the same ones that are on the bottom row on the phone. That could change by the time the device ships.

    On the other hand, if I know I’ll need my tablet but don’t want to carry both it and my phone, it would be nice to pop my T-mobile sim card out of my phone and into my tablet, and I can still make and receive calls.

  • http://www.sammytablet.com/ Jez – SammyTablet

    I also wonder about the size, although it seems Samsung will follow it up with large models later on. Last time Samsung really got the market right with its NC10 netbook and managed to get the form factor jsut right – they went for 10″ when others were starting with an unusable 7″. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    Of course lots of people get excited about Apple’s products but lots of people also want cheaper open products too so we’ll have to wait and see. Samsung as a brand has come along way in recent years – many people are surprised by how many of their products they own without really noticing!

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