Samsung Galaxy Tab officially announced

It's been leaked and hyped as a potential iPad rival for weeks, but today the Samsung Galaxy Tab has finally been launched as the first in a series of Samsung tablets.

The 7-inch tablet packs WSVGA (1024x600) TFT screen technology and runs via the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, aided by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz processor. It also has 3G HSUPA connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a front-facing camera for video calls over 3G, a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera with LED flash for still images and video and of course, with Android 2.2, the Tab is able to run Flash, giving it one over the iPad.

'Samsung recognises the tremendous growth potential in this newly created market and we believe that the Samsung Galaxy Tab brings a unique and open proposition to market. There is a new and emerging consumer demand that Samsung can satisfy since mobile is in our DNA. This demand continues to grow and develop as users tap its limitless potential,' said Simon Stanford, Head of Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab has been designed to enable consumers to maximise their online experience wherever that may be. The Samsung Glaxy Tab is pushing the market in new directions and Samsung believes this is only the beginning of its innovations as pioneers in smart media devices.'

Vodafone has already confirmed it will be stocking the device, but hasn't confirmed if it will have it for sale to coincide with the worldwide October launch. It's unlikely to be the only network, with no mention of an exclusive, so there might be a bit of network price competition in the coming weeks. The device itself might be cheaper than you expect too, with Samsung claiming it will be 'competitive'. Which has got to be good news for our collective wallets.

It's not the end of the story either. Samsung has also confirmed that more tablets will follow next year, creating 'an entire tablet device portfolio', no doubt offering different sizes and developing the range alongside the Android platform's development. That's all in the future though. If you want a Samsung tablet this year, there's only one choice - the Tab.

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