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 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.