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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 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.