Samsung has announced that it will be testing out the Galaxy Tab by loaning it to select band of London commuters.
In a marketing move worthy of Microsoft at its worst, 'lucky Londoners' will be able to collect one of the Android-powered touch-screen tablet devices from one of four Tube stations across the capital.
Samsung is inviting punters to 'Tube test' the devices in the one place in London where the wi-fi and 3G-enabled gadgets are guaranteed not to work: on the subterranean transport network.
Potential testers are being asked to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or to speak to a member of the Galaxy team which will be camped outside Liverpool Street, Balham, Highbury & Islington and Ealing Broadway stations from October 18th.
"Whether you want to read a newspaper, a magazine or book; check your emails; surf the web or play a game on the way to work, the seven-inch Galaxy Tab offers it all. It’s the perfect travelling companion, keeping you entertained on the Tube or bus and even helping you find your way when you arrive using Google Maps," it says here.
Well... not on the Tube, obviously.
The seven-inch tablet is officially launched on November 1st, but if the rumoured price of £599 turns out to be accurate, we can't see Apple losing much sleep over the device eating into its astronomical iPad sales.
Plans are currently in place to make mobile phones working on London's tube network in tie for the Olympics... in 2012.
To get your hands on one of the test units you'll have to supply a credit card and "full contact details", which we take to mean the same kind of ID you need to sign up for a credit agreement.
Here for you edification are what we take to be the full and final specs for the device.