Samsung yesterday held an event in its store in New York City, showing off the Galaxy Tab to the American press.
From the event, there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Galaxy Tab will be available on all four major U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. In Canada, Samsung announced that Rogers and Bell will be carrying the Galaxy Tab.
The bad news is that there was no launch date, other than "in time for the holidays," or price attached to the device, and that's probably because that's now up to the carriers to decide on where it'll fit into their product lineups.
The worst news of all is that the U.S. versions will not have the phone calling features of the Galaxy Tab that was first unveiled in Europe. This is a little strange considering that it'll be carried by the wireless carriers who would love nothing more than to charge you for more minutes; but on the flip side, those who have no interest in using this tablet as a phone can get this on a data-only contract.
Now back to a piece of good news – those who have no interest in any sort of carrier subsidies or 3G data will be able to get a Wi-Fi only model eventually.
Specs are the same as they were before: 7-inch 1024 x 600 WSVGA TFT, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor with full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, rear 3 megapixel camera for taking pictures, front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, weighs 13 ounces and is 12 millimeters thick.
Even though Google said that Froyo isn't optimized for tablets, Samsung customized the email, calendar and contacts apps to rotate from portrait to landscape format through the tablet’s accelerometer and then open as a split-screen. Samsung said that many Android Market applications will open in full screen. Non-scalable Android Market applications will be framed and centered on the Galaxy Tab screen.
Shown off at the New York City event is the new Media Hub, Samsung’s own content service that has signed deals with MTV Networks, NBC, Universal Studios and Paramount for new release films, next day TV episodes and even full TV show seasons.
Also on demo were the peripherals that did have pricing attached:
Keyboard Dock - $99.99
- Ergonomic, comfortable full-size keyboard with 7” Galaxy Tab replaceable inserts that doubles as a charger for power and synchronization of media and data
- Dock contains convenient stereo audio output jack for connecting to speakers or home stereo
Desktop Dock - $49.99
- Doubles as a Galaxy Tab charger using the Micro USB wall adapter that comes with the Tab; allows users to view movies, display as a digital picture frame and listen to music
- HDMI output to view HD content on HDTV enabled with 1080p resolution and provides HDTV connection to play content from the Galaxy Tab to a television
Car/GPS Dock - $99.99
- Conveniently positions 7” Galaxy Tab display screen inside car for turn-by-turn GPS navigation instructions and traffic updates
- Attachable to either the windshield or car dashboard and rotates freely between landscape and portrait modes