It’s never been much of a secret, but now it’s finally official: Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab, and has confirmed the final specs. The announcement happened at IFA in Berlin, so we haven’t had a chance to actually touch it yet, but we at least have final specs.
The Galaxy Tab is officially a 7-inch Android tablet running Froyo with TouchWiz on top of it. It was announced for Europe as having HSUPA and HDSPA+ 3G, and not the Verizon-approved CDMA, but that could always come later. It has two cameras, a 3 MP back-facing camera with LED flash as well as a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video chat. Inside there’s all the standard accelerometer, geo-magnetic sensor, light sensor, WiFi (802.11n included), Bluetooth 3.0, and Samsung even managed to add in a gyroscope just like the iPhone 4. For storage, the Galaxy Tab comes in 16 and 32 GB models, both expandable with microSD cards. It runs on a 1 GHz Core A8 processor, and Samsung says the battery will last for seven hours or video playback. To top it all off, the 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024×600, which gives it a higher pixel density than the iPad.
Reports out of Berlin seem to indicate that the Galaxy is finally the Android tablet we’ve been waiting for. The screen size means its easy enough to hold with just one hand, and the display is certainly bright and seems to show colors well. SlashGear has noted that while the phone is light, and solidly built, it it a bit plasticky. Kat Hannaford at Gizmodo was apparently down on the device before she played with it, but said she came away impressed with the Galaxy Tab. Finally, Engadget noted that Samsung “has set the gold standard for Android tablets.” Is that’s true, we certainly have a lot to look forward to whenever Samsung gets around to announcing pricing and availability for the US.