Samsung’s Galaxy Tab to rival iPad

SAMSUNG Electronics yesterday unveiled a new tablet PC named Galaxy Tab as the latest device meant to rival Apple Inc’s popular iPad.

The device features include mobile video conferencing and a video chat function, Samsung Europe telecom executive Thomas Richter said at Berlin’s IFA consumer electronics fair.

The thin device weighs 380 grams and has a 18cm touch screen, making it about three times that of an Apple iPhone, but roughly a third smaller than an iPad.

Richter said it comes with Google’s Android 2.2 operating system, which can run HTML5 and Adobe’s Flash Player, unlike the iPad.

The Galaxy will allow users to browse the web and check e-mail just as on a regular PC, Richter said.

The price of the device will depend on telecommunications operators through which it will be available, starting next month in Europe and later in the fall in the US and Asia.

The device supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G cell phone networks, making it a combination of smart phone and laptop. It “turns out to be a perfect speakerphone on the desk, or a mobile phone on the move via Bluetooth headset,” Samsung said.

The tablet PC also comes with two cameras, one 3-megabyte digital camera with a flash on the back of the device, and a second camera on the front for video conferences. Samsung’s quarterly profit surged by 83% to a record high of 4.28 trillion South Korean won ($3.6 billion) in the second quarter ended June 30. Samsung is currently the world’s second largest cell phone manufacturer after Nokia.


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