updated 12:50 pm EDT, Sun August 29, 2010
Samsung Galaxy Tab gets CDMA, add-on leaks
A flurry of last-minute leaks have confirmed several aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Tab ahead of its final launch, including a heavy influence from Apple in accesories. Multiple photos obtained from a forum by Gadgety show the device with a "CDMA" label that points to it launching in the US. Roadmaps have previously hinted it would show at Verizon late this year.
A second slip to OLED-Display has shown that many of the official accessories will be influenced by iPad equivalents. Among them are a similar case that can fold back to work as a stand, a keyboard dock and white earbuds with an in-line microphone. Samsung will have a unique video dock of its own with HDMI output to watch movies in 720p. Some of the accessories may change, as the shots show an old version of the Galaxy Tab with a three-button control scheme that has been replaced with four on the finished version.
Specifications have largely been settled and should bring a seven-inch, 1024x600 screen along with Samsung's 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 16GB of internal storage and both front as well as back cameras. It's possible all versions will ship with both 3G and Wi-Fi, and carriers like Verizon are expected to subsidize the cost in return for a data contract. It will run Android 2.2 and will likely have Samsung's TouchWiz custom interface on top, although different shots have shown different interfaces over time.
The tablet is due to be formally unveiled at IFA on Thursday and is currently Google's best chance at an Android-based competitor to the iPad before the end of the year. Whether or not it can achieve this has been cast into doubt, since unconfirmed stories have pointed to Samsung making just 100,000 units a month, well under what Apple was producing even in the spring.