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Samsung To Unveil Galaxy Tab Android-based Tablet

Electronics giant Samsung is set to launch a new Android tablet that will be a direct rival to Apple's iPad and so many other tablet devices which will flood the market in the forthcoming months.

The Korean company shed more details about the Galaxy Tab tablet via its South African Twitter (opens in new tab) account and early indications point to a bigger version of the Galaxy S i9000 handset, an Android smartphone which has been launched simultaneously through 110 mobile operators in more than 100 countries globally.

A picture (ed : which has since been removed) shows the device, which looks like a digital photo frame, sitting next to a Samsung Tocco smartphone. It will apparently feature a 7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with an ARM-based processor, voice capabilities (due to the presence of a phone icon) and a special TouchWiz user interface.

The existence of Samsung Galaxy tablet came to light one week after the international launch of the iPad and 24 hours before O2 launched the Dell Streak, a smartphone/tablet hybrid.

There are also indications that the Galaxy tablet could be launched in July 2010 as Samsung sources reported told Infosyncworld of a major product launch next month in partnership with T-Mobile.

Samsung, it seems, will be promoting five operating systems simultaneously - its own BADA OS, Android, Windows Mobile, Meego and Symbian/BrewOS - in an attempt to cover all bases.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.