After last weeks pre-announcement that they plan to announce the Tab, Samsung followed through with their promise and announced the Galaxy Tab at IFA 2010. The Galaxy Tab is a 7 inch tablet running Android 2.2. It’s powered by a 1GHz processor, 4,000mAh battery that’s rated for 7 hours of movie playback, a 3.0 megapixel camera, HSUPA of 5.76 Mbps / HSDPA of 7.2Mbps, and support for a/b/g/n WiFi protocols.
It’s sleek and sexy and looks an awful lot like the Galaxy S series of Smartphones that have been hitting carriers around the world as of late – except for the large 7 inch screen, of course. CoolSmartphone is reporting that pricing for the 16GB version will be £679.99 – or about $1,000 US. While I really like what the Tab brings to the table, I’m not sure it’s worth a $1,000 – especially when the 16GB iPad with WiFi and 3G support is selling for $629 US. I don’t mind paying more, but there has to be something to justify the extra $400! Vodafone will be offering the Tab starting in October. It will be interesting to see how well it sells at that price point.
The Tab looks very cool, but I’m still partial to the Compaq Airlife 100 from HP. There’s something about having a physical keyboard available when I need it. I wonder if that will be making it’s way to North America anytime soon.