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Samsung Galaxy Tab launched in India (compared in pictures with OlivePad)

30 Oct

As expected, Samsung today launched the Galaxy Tab in India. Priced at Rs 38,000, it is currently available for pre-order at select retail stores and will be available to buy from November 10. While we are still awaiting to get hold of a review unit, you can check our first impressions about the Galaxy Tab here or simply hit the break below for some live pictures as well as a visual comparison with the OlivePad, which is expected to be available within a fortnight.

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Samsung to launch Galaxy Tab in India on October 29

26 Oct

samsung-galaxy-tab-1 Earlier today, we received an invite for a Samsung press conference on Friday October 29 to unveil what their team is calling the biggest launch of the year for the company in India. And they are not mincing words either, the invite says “let’s tab… let’s talk…” You know what they are talking about, don’t you?

 

Our sources on the street tell us that the Galaxy Tab will be available towards the end of next week (might miss Diwali by a couple of days) and might carry a street price of around Rs 40,000. Unlike the iPad, the Galaxy Tab has a 7.0-inch display, which according to Samsung makes it an ‘on the go’ device rather than just lounging around. We hear that Samsung has been working with some Indian developers to launch India-specific apps for the Galaxy Tab. As usual, we will be covering the press conference live.

 

Samsung GALAXY Tab (GT-P1000) Product Specifications

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA7.2 Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz 

OS

Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Display

7.0 inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600)

Processor

Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540

Camera

3 MP Camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash
1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony

Value-added
Features

Android Market™ and Samsung Apps for more applications and contents

Readers Hub, Media Hub* , Music Hub*, Social Hub*
*Availability will be decided by market preference.

Adobe Flash 10.1 player support
Full HD video playback, Thinkfree Office, Swype, Hybrid Widget

Connectivity

30 pin connector / micro SD
WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth 3.0

Memory

16GB / 32GB internal memory, upto 32GB external memory slot
RAM: 512MB

Size

190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, 380g

Battery

4,000mAh  (7 hour movie play)

Samsung Galaxy Tab to cost Rs 40,000 in India?

1 Oct

Samsung is still mum about the pricing of my favourite Android Internet Tablet – the Galaxy Tab – but one of my connects informs me that it would be priced at Rs 40,000 when it gets launched in India in the coming weeks. Samsung is also working with Indian app developers to pre-load India specific content. I have seen some of those apps working and was mighty impressed with one particular navigation app tailor-made for the tablet’s 7.0-inch display complete with 3D maps and other content.



However, I am not convinced with the Rs 40,000 price tag. Consider this, one can buy the iPad 16 GB 3G version for approximately Rs 35,000 from Hong Kong. Take into account the App Store and its hundreds of thousands of apps and suddenly the Galaxy Tab sounds too pricey. In the past, Samsung has tried creating its own app store for Android (on the Galaxy S) but I have not seen a single new app added to it since the Galaxy S was launched.



Samsung might point out that people pay up to Rs 30,000 for the Galaxy S smartphone and would be willing to pay more for its bigger version but I have my doubts. Yes, I like the device but Samsung could probably learn from Apple that priced the iPad lower than the iPhone.

First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Tab

17 Sep

samsung internet tabletLast week, I had an opportunity to spend some minutes with the Samsung Galaxy Tab at Samsung’s Global HQ in Seoul. To be honest, before seeing the Tab in action I was a bit apprehensive about Samsung’s decision to have a 7.0-inch display, which is almost 2 inches shorter (diagonally) than Apple’s iPad. The OlivePad also has a 7.0-inch display and I found that device a bit uncomfortable to use while held in the hand.



The Galaxy Tab, on the other hand, turned out to be quite a pleasing device. Unlike the iPad, which is “something that you use while you are sitting” (words of a Samsung rep, not mine), the Tab is an “on-the-go” device. And it works, really.



Without looking at the tech specs (which I have added at the end, anyway) the Tab is almost the same dimensions as the Amazon Kindle. It is handy, not excessively heavy (so single-handed usage is a go) and a well finished product. Yeah, many of you might cry foul when you see the back of the device (notice how the edges taper off) but in short, it all adds up quite well, something that is missing in the OlivePad and the Spice Mi700.



The Tab is also the first Android-based Internet Tablet that has a 1024×600 pixel display, which means that images and videos appear much sharper than other Android Tablets and even the iPad for that matter. Samsung also has a Media Hub app for the Tab that will enable users to buy movies and TV shows directly from the device. However, we have our reservations whether Media Hub would be made available in India when the device is launched later this year.



On the multimedia front, the Tab can play videos at full HD resolution (1080p) and its 3.2 MP camera can shoot videos at 720p resolution. There is a front facing 1.3 MP camera for video calls too. It comes in two variants – 16 GB and 32 GB of internal memory – and both sport microSD card slots that can accomodate another 32 GB of memory.



Unlike many Android-based Internet Tablets currently available, the Tab runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and I am told it will get updated when a new version is released.



The Galaxy Tab is without an iota of doubt the best Android Internet Tablet we have seen so far. However, none of the others really set any new benchmarks and from a competition point of view, I can think of only one device – the iPad. Sure, the Tab has most things going for it – an aesthetically pleasing design, a highly portable form factor and pretty good specifications. What Samsung lacks at the moment are quality apps and services that are universally available. In other words THE APP STORE.



It will be very difficult for Samsung to overcome that hurdle but I’m sure, with its marketing muscle, it should be able to sell at least a million units before the end of this year. I am being conservative here, considering that it is not like the Galaxy S that was launched in 110 countries simultaneously and Internet Tablets still fall in a very niche segment.



Samsung GALAXY Tab (GT-P1000) Product Specifications



Network: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA7.2 Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Display: 7.0-inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
Processor: Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540
Camera: 3 MP Camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, 1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony
Connectivity: 30 pin connector / microSD/ WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth 3.0
Memory: 16GB / 32GB internal memory, upto 32GB external memory slot
RAM: 512MB
Size: 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, 380g
Battery: 4,000mAh (7 hour movie play)

Disclosure: My trip was sponsored by Qualcomm.

Samsung teases the Galaxy Tab officially, announcement on Sept 2

24 Aug

After being leaked numerous times in the past couple of months, Samsung has just unveiled its first Android Internet Tablet – the Galaxy Tab. Well, sorta. A teaser site has been put up that shows the Galaxy Tab without revealing much. The first major Android Tablet will be formally unveiled on September 2, the eve of IFA 2010 in Berlin.



Having said that, we were able to glean off some bits of hard facts from the teaser video. Firstly, it will run Android 2.2, which leaves the rumoured Motorola Android Tablet some space when it is announced in November running on Android 2.2 with a higher resolution display. What we like, however, is the iPad-like e-mail interface with the headers on the left and e-mail body on the right. We think Google might have worked with Samsung for this functionality.



And yes, it has a 7.0-inch display and comes with Swype for quick typing. Seems that Android has finally come of age when it comes to Internet Tablets. But we will save our verdict till the time we get our mitts on it.