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Samsung To launch 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab

Samsung may add a third Galaxy Tab form factor to its current range, an 8.9-inch model that sits between the 7-inch (announced in September 2010) and the 10-inch one, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress last week.

Samsunghub reports (opens in new tab) that the tablet will come next month and should normally be available via mobile phone operators as it is the case for the Galaxy Tab.

We also suspect that it will be a smaller version of the 10-inch model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab II, with screen size being the only difference (ed : one wonders how it will be called).

Hence one can expect a 1280x800 pixels display, dual surround speakers, a dual core Cortex A9-based system on chip, HD recording and full HD playback, an eight-megapixel camera with a two-megapixel front facing one, Android Honeycomb, support for Flash, 3G, Google services, A-GPS and Wi-Fi.

However, it is unlikely that you will be able to make normal calls like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab and it will be mighty interesting to see how Samsung prices the newcomer.

Samsung already offers a number of Android devices with screen sizes of 4-inch, 4.3-inch, 4.5-inch, 5-inch and 7-inch; whether this divide and rule strategy will bear its fruit or only dilute the market remains to be seen.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.