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Samsung Galaxy Tab leaks hint mediocre specs, Vodafone deal

updated 08:45 am EDT, Mon August 16, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab firmware and Voda deals slip

Samsung's Galaxy Tab has been leaked through its firmware and may be underwhelming based on early specs. Despite having a much larger seven-inch screen, it would have the same 800x480 resolution as a Galaxy S and may not be any better in performance. Info uncovered by OLED-Display gives it the same 1GHz processor but a lower resolution 3.2-megapixel back camera and just a QVGA (320x240) front camera.

The firmware mentions Flash, but it's unknown if the Galaxy Tab would ship with Android 2.2 to support full Flash 10 or if it would use a lighter version of Flash.

Alongside the firmware, rumors of carrier subsidized 3G versions have been borne out by a listing in Vodafone UK's system. Engadget has the device showing up as a "Samsung Galaxy Tab Contract" that would have the slate discounted in return for signing up for a data plan.

Most launch details are unknown, but most expect Samsung to unveil its device at IFA on September 3 and to ship soon afterwards.

The tablet may face an uphill battle despite the influence of its parent company. Samsung's device is likely to cost less than the iPad, but a very strong launch for Apple has already given it a significant footprint before Samsung could get involved. A low resolution may also draw unfavorable comparisons as the Galaxy S is ultimately more advanced.

By Electronista Staff


  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Is this tablet even in production yet?

    It's basically using the same processor as the iPad, isn't it? It's going to be cheaper and that's what Android users want even if the specs aren't that impressive. Having two cameras is better than none and if it supports Flash, the iHaters will say it's way better than the iPad. I'm sure this Tab will be satisfactory for the few rebels who refuse to use the iPad because they don't like Apple products. Most of these tablet vendors aren't going to be totally committed to putting out tablets, because they're probably not willing to take a huge risk or huge losses. I'd still think that without having a loyal retail customer base like Apple has, Android tablets may be a hard sell to make any serious revenue from.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004


    I'll say it again

    7" tablet, 1024x768 resolution or greater = win

    same res. as the phone = fail

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004



    again, with the 'you won't make money'

    What would you have samsung do, license iOS for the tablet?

    Use WinMo?

    Apple isn't licensing iOS.
    WinMo tablets have been failures for years.

    Unfortunately you don't get it. Android is the best choice to make money from, because all the other choices either don't really exist, or are even worse.

    They are going after the opportunity that they really have - yes, competition will be fierce, but at least that's good news for the consumer.

  1. worldbfree4me

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    Joined: Apr 2010


    mediocre specs?

    I fail to see how the Sammy Tab specs do not meet or exceed those of the iPad. The processor is the same one employed in the iPad. The front camera exceeds the one utilized in the iPad and the price will be less. If the phones can be upgraded to Froyo so can the tablet. So unless this merely a paper launch, Sammy will definitely sell a few units.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Joined: Feb 2005


    For a Galaxy ...

    ... it sounds pretty nebulous.

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