Samsung today released new details about the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the first viable iPad competitor we know of. (For basics on the device, see our blog, Samsung Galaxy Tab: The first serious iPad competitor from last week).
Here's the new information:
- The tablet weighs about 13 ounces. Its TFT-LCD display's resolution is 1024 x 600 and measures 7 inches. That makes it 7 ounces lighter than the iPad and its display quite a bit smaller than the iPad's 10 inches.
- Powered by a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, the Galaxy Tab will connect via 3G, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. You'll be able choose from models with 16 or 32GB of built-in memory; an external slot can accept up to 32GB of removable memory. Samsung claims the Galaxy Tab's battery will last 7 hours playing movies.
- With a camera on the front (1.3MP), you'll be able to do videoconferencing. The rear camera is 3MP, with auto focus and LED flash. A gyroscope sensor, geo-magnetic sensor, and accelerometer add location, direction, and motion capabilities.
- Samsung didn't list a dedicated USB port as part of the Galaxy Tab's connectivity. Presumably, USB connections are made via the 30-pin connector.
- The tablet will also play HD videos, supporting a variety of multimedia formats. Access to films and video will be available, Samsung says, through the company's "Media Hub" and to music via its "Music Hub." Samsung says its e-reader app, Readers Hub, will provide access to reference materials as well as classics and bestsellers.
The company says that the Galaxy Tab will be launched in the US "in coming months."