It was possibly the worst-kept secret in tablet-land (more so than the iPad), but the final specs have now been revealed for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It’ll run Android 2.2 (Froyo) and comes in a 7-inch flavor—for now.
It’s one of those moments where the final product actually exceeds expectations based on previous leaks. Sure, a lot of the specs we had heard before, but did you know the Galaxy Tab was going to be the first-ever DivX certified tablet?
We’re pretty sure there’ll be other tablet sizes coming at a later date from Samsung, but this particular GT-P1000 model has a 7-inch TFT-LCD WSVGA screen (with 1024 x 600 pixels), and is powered by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz processor and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU—the same one used in their Galaxy S phone-and runs with 512MB of RAM.
As expected, the back-facing camera is a 3MP affair with auto-focus and an LED flash, and the forward-facing one (for video conferencing) has a 1.3MP sensor. In some of Samsung’s comedy lifestyle photos below, you’ll see that back-facing camera being used for the Layar app. I’m not sure it’s going to be any more convenient than using your phone, but it’s most certainly a welcome addition.
Two storage capacities are on offer, either 16GB or 32GB, with both models allowing for a further 32GB memory expansion via the card slot.
Several connectivity options have been included, such as Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0, and 3G support should a user want to use data with one of the supporting carriers (Vodafone has been signed up from the get-go.)
As we saw in the leaked video last week, there’s a 30-pin connector port, similar to what Apple uses for its gadgets.
The one elephant in the room is the fact that Samsung’s slicked its TouchWiz UI on over the top of Froyo. I’m not a fan of it on their phones, but will wait until a hands-on session with the tablet before I pass judgment on its usage here.
A Readers Hub, Media Hub, Music Hub and Social Hub act as dedicated areas for particular uses—like fancy folders, if you will. In addition to loading up the Android Market, it also has access to Samsung’s Apps market for tablet apps. The Gyroscope, Geo-magnetic sensor, accelerometer, and light sensor could provide for some very interesting apps.