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.