Samsung unveils 7-inch screen Android device

Electronics giant Samsung has announced its first ever Apple iPad rival tablet computer, the Galaxy Tab - which arrives running Android 2.2 and is the only tablet style computer to be DivX certified.

Samsung Galaxy Tab has been rumoured for some months where it's now had its official launch, at Berlin's IFA consumer electronics show.

The Galaxy Tab has 7-inch TFT LCD touch screen display, running the latest version of Google's mobile OS with the Samsung TouchWIZ UI. The device is powered by the Cortex A8 1GHz application processor, with on board storage coming in the form of either 16GB or 32GB variants with a microSD slot. Other specs of the device range from front and rear facing cameras, 3G HSPA connectivity, along with 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.

Video playback is one of the device's strong points, as not only is it the world's first DivX certified tablet but it also supports HD video in popular containers such as XviD, MPEG4, H.263 and H.264.

The Tab complements Samsung's Galaxy existing series of products, where the previous largest display was seen on their recent Android 2.1 Galaxy S mobile phone - with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen.

Samsung's Android tablet can also perform in much the same way as any mobile phone, as it accepts a SIM card for data, voice calls and messaging.

Vodafone announced at the same time as the launch event it will be selling the Tab from October onwards, where this move can be seen as competition to O2 exclusively selling the Dell Streak - a similar Android product.

No prices or tariff details have yet been set, but if O2 is anything to go by the Samsung Galaxy Tab could be free on a £25 data or £35 data and voice contract.

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