Samsung Electronics will introduce the Galaxy Tab on September 2nd (a day after Apple’s event) , its Galaxy Tab, a tablet powered by Android 2.2, featuring a 7” AMOLED display capable of HD movie playback and video calling.
The device fills in the gap between smartphone and the current Apple iPad, which features 3.5-4.3” and 9.7” display respectively.
Apple is also rumored to introduce a similar 7” iPad in near future, but there is no known release date.
Timing could not be better for Samsung to address the need for a lighter and a tad smaller iPad on the go. While the presence of the front facing camera and 70,000 apps available (versus 250,000 on iOS platform) could match or perhaps exceed the Apple iPad capability, the UI could be a major decisive factor for the success of this device.
The Galaxy Tab features a Samsung in-house developed processor, Android 2.2 operating system and 7-inch display.
Since Samsung skipped the 10-inch panel format and jumped directly to 7-inch panel, the sources believe the company is actually aiming at Apple’s upcoming 7-inch iPad for competition and not the current model.
Due to a drop in netbook sales in Europe market, Samsung is putting more focus on tablet PC R&D and hopes the segment to help cover the drop, noted the sources adding that the company is expected to ship 100,000 tablet PCs per month initially.
The report said that the new iPad will also use an in-plane switching LCD display for wide viewing angles. The touchscreens will reportedly be supplied by Chi Mei and LG, while AUO and Sintek will provide the digitizers.