Samsung's Galaxy Tab Android tablet is now official

Samsung held a media event tonight to introduce the Galaxy Tab, its Android tablet that we've all been talking about for weeks. Now it's official, though we still don't have a price or a concrete ship date (though definitely this fall; Samsung says it'll be available for the holiday season). It'll ship with Android 2.2 (Froyo), runs Flash, has a 1Ghz Hummingbird cpu, 512 MB of RAM. 16GB of memory, a 7" LCD (1204 x 600 ) screen and weighs about 13 ounces. They're claiming a 7 hour battery life. Two cameras: a front facing 1.3 megapixel, and a back facing 3 megapixel. It has an HDMI port and will also share media to DLNA devices on the same network.

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Samsung will release some of its own Android apps that take advantage of the larger (than your typical Android phone) screen size of the Tab, and the Android Market will be supported, so we'll see how well the full Froyo experience works on a tablet. It sounds like eventually there will be a WiFi only version, but initially Samsung will launch the Tab's 3G version on all four major carriers: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. In addition to the Galaxy Tab, Samsung introduced its Media Hub service. Think iTunes only from Samsung. They're claiming morning after (the air date) availability of TV series episodes for purchase, plus movies for purchase or rental. Their initial network partners are MTV, NBC, Paramount, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros (but of course they assure us more networks will be coming on board). You can download purchased content on up to 5 devices using the same account. Personally I'm not interested until there's a WiFi version. I have an Android phone and service contract to pay for; I don't feel the need to have a second monthly bill to cover a tablet, even if the Tab can fit in a pocket (or so they claim). So is this it? Is this the Android tablet that gets you to commit? Or are you going to wait to see what else is coming in the next few months?

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