By: E&P Staff
Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy Tab. The device combines e-readers’ form factor with larger pads/tabs’ color display. Reported prices so far vary greatly, from under $500 to about $1,000.
Running Google’s Android operating system, the new device comes in a slim 0.4-inch housing measuring 7.6 inches by 4.8 inches and weighing 13.3 ounces.
The Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen with multi-touch zoom, with e-reading for newspapers, magazines and books. Features include ThinkFree document viewing and editing.
Like other pads and tabs, and unlike readers geared mostly for book reading, the Galaxy Tab uses thin-film transistor color display technology for its screen. E-readers generally rely on E Ink grayscale displays. Samsung’s smaller galaxy phones and other mobile devices use organic LED color displays. The company says the TFT technology used in its tablet’s larger display keeps costs down while preserving battery life.
Global edition specifications for this latest entry into the mobile pad/tab/e-reader market include: Flash player 10.1 support and RSS reader; voice and video calling, SMS, e-mail (integrated Gmail), IM and calendar accounts; 3-MP autofocus camera with LED flash; GPS and Google Maps, Latitude, Places and beta Google Maps Navigation; Full HD (1080p) video player and recorder; MP3 player with speaker and earphone jack; 16GB memory (up to 32 GB with MicroSD).