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updated 12:50 pm EDT, Sun August 29, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets CDMA, add-on leaks

A flurry of last-minute leaks have confirmed several aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Tab ahead of its final launch, including a heavy influence from Apple in accesories. Multiple photos obtained from a forum by Gadgety show the device with a "CDMA" label that points to it launching in the US. Roadmaps have previously hinted it would show at Verizon late this year.

A second slip to OLED-Display has shown that many of the official accessories will be influenced by iPad equivalents. Among them are a similar case that can fold back to work as a stand, a keyboard dock and white earbuds with an in-line microphone. Samsung will have a unique video dock of its own with HDMI output to watch movies in 720p. Some of the accessories may change, as the shots show an old version of the Galaxy Tab with a three-button control scheme that has been replaced with four on the finished version.

Specifications have largely been settled and should bring a seven-inch, 1024x600 screen along with Samsung's 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 16GB of internal storage and both front as well as back cameras. It's possible all versions will ship with both 3G and Wi-Fi, and carriers like Verizon are expected to subsidize the cost in return for a data contract. It will run Android 2.2 and will likely have Samsung's TouchWiz custom interface on top, although different shots have shown different interfaces over time.

The tablet is due to be formally unveiled at IFA on Thursday and is currently Google's best chance at an Android-based competitor to the iPad before the end of the year. Whether or not it can achieve this has been cast into doubt, since unconfirmed stories have pointed to Samsung making just 100,000 units a month, well under what Apple was producing even in the spring.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    conspiracy theory

    Now it's time for Apple to drop that thick/black border, as other companies have copied the style.

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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm excited...

    To see competition. Apple only reacts to competition, and the original iPad is simply a boring product. I kept mine for less than 2 months and then sold it. I hope the new one is smaller, lighter, has a cell phone and 2 cameras.

  1. jfgilbert

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple only reacts to competition?

    I must have missed something because I did not see what competition prompted Apple to create the iPhone and the iPad.

  1. George3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lawyers. Start your engines.

    These look like iPads as in they look like Apple made them. I expect Apple to hit them with legal action like they did that company that made the computers that looked like the original iMacs.

    Is that an iPad?

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: I'm excited...

    I see the same too. All the people I know, with the exception of one die-hard Apple loyalist, just don't have any interest for an iPad. Even all the moderate-strong Apple fans I know just don't like it. Typical comments are, too heavy, too big, not practical... I know two of my friends that bought iPads, had them for a month and sold them. It "wasn't what they expected".

    If you want a toy - an internet appliance, get an iPad. If you want something functional so you can get real work done, get a netbook or a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yes, poor, poor Apple.

    SO unoriginal that everyone copies them over and over again and that haters continue making excuses. Unless a tablet does everything a desktop does (even though the form factor and how it's used is completely different) it is a toy and therefore doomed to failure, not like those popular WIndows tablets we've had around for years that everyone already uses, I'm sure.

    Oh whatever shall Apple do?

  1. facebook_Thomas

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    Too funny

    Commenting that people who want to get work done will get a netbook or this Galaxy Tablet. How is an Android tablet any more functional in your mind then the iPad?

    People who don't understand the iPad equate getting work done mearly to the act of exiting word and excel files. With this thinking how does Android do it better the ios?

    Furthermore when did editing word and excel files become the only type of work people do with electronic devices? Notice I said electronic device and not computer. The iPad can do a illion things a computer can't and visa versa. How does that make the iPad a toy? It just doesn't easily do the functions you desire as getting work done.

    Some day we'll wake up and Microsoft office won't be the only tool people consider as real work. Apple is just getting ready sooner then you all were ready for :-)

  1. facebook_Thomas

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    In my second paragraph I meant editing word and excel files but re reading my comment I think exiting word and excel files has a funny pun to it :-)

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One thing that fanbois believe that makes

    an Android tablet more functional than an iPad is that it does full multitasking and somehow a USB port supposedly allows a user to manage files better or something to that effect. I still think that most would argue that a netbook is a far better choice of a workhorse because of having a keyboard and running the world's most popular OS, Windows. However there are all degrees of usefulness. A netbook should be less useful than a notebook and a notebook should be less useful than a desktop based on sheer processor power and storage space. I think each level can be useful depending upon the tasks the user needs to accomplish. I'd think most tablets would fall into pretty much the same level of usefulness with none having that much of an advantage over another as long as the applications were equal.

    I'm sure the tablet is more a complementary device than a total replacement of a desktop or notebook.

    I don't believe that borders will get much narrower because there has to be some area that a user can hold onto without activating the touch display. They could just change the color to opaque or light grey which would make it less obtrusive-looking.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    comment title

    Good, useless ripoff devices like these are what should be using the pathetic CDMA monopolistic standard, just keep it out of real tablets and smartphones (Apple ones).

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