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.