Samsung Galaxy Tab Launches At IFA

The Samsung Galaxy tab has finally been unveiled at the IFA in Germany, weeks after pictures of the Android-based tablet device first emerged in South Africa.

Surprisingly, the device is capable of making calls thanks to the SIM card onboard which means that it is the biggest portable smartphone on the market, far ahead of the Dell Streak (but potentially behind the iPad which can use VoIP clients like Truphone to make calls).

At only 380g, its 7-inch AMOLED display shows 1024x600 pixels, some 170,000 pixels less than the 9.7-inch iPad from Apple; the Tab uses a 1GHz ARM-based processor, possibly Samsung's own Hummingbird product which shares more than a few DNA strands with the A4 in the iPad.

The rest of the specification is rather impressive; there's two camera, a 3-megapixel at the back with AF and flash and a 1.3-megapixel in the front for video conferencing, add 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0 and support for HSDPA to the mix and you've got a very potent computer altogether.

Samsung says that the device will come with 512MB RAM onboard, 32GB internal memory and can take an additional 32GB microSD card to bring the total to 64GB, the same as the Apple iPad.

The device - which Samsung's head pf product portfolio, Thomas Richter calls a smart media device - comes with Froyo (Android OS 2.2), which means that it is ready, out of the box, to support Flash thanks to Flash Player 10.1.