Major US carriers to sell Samsung Galaxy Tab on holidays

Apple’s iPad may be in for one tough holiday season as Samsung just announced that its Galaxy Tab, branded as a direct competition for the former, will be released by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile during the yuletides. The Android-powered device is lighter and smaller than the iPad at 7 inches but does everything that the Apple product does like reading e-books, mobile surfing and others. More after the jump.

The tablet is set to arrive just in time for the year-end Christmas shopping season although no price tags has been stamped on it. The Galaxy Tab is very portable at half an inches thick, aforementioned 7 inch display and weighs 13 ounces. It will feature a 1,024 x 600 WSVGA resolution display and US versions of the tablet will come with the same 1.3 megapixel front- and rear-facing cameras perfect for your voice and video telephony needs.
Additional content for the Galaxy Tab can be downloaded from the Samsung Media Hub, it’s pretty much their version of iTunes specifically for video where you can buy/rent shows, movies and others. Speaking of movies, the battery life of this tablet can reach 7 hours on video playback, so that’s around 3 movies in one sitting. It will also have Flash support, something you cannot get from the iPad.

T-Mobile Press Release

T-Mobile Extends Android Lineup With Its First Mobile Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab™

T-Mobile’s first tablet to offer powerful Web and entertainment experience for customers at home and on the go

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sept. 16, 2010 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the first mobile tablet in T-Mobile’s Android™ portfolio, the Samsung Galaxy Tab™. A powerful, entertainment device ideal for home or on the go, the Galaxy Tab features a vibrant seven-inch touch screen, speedy processor and the Android 2.2 operating system all in a sleek and compact form factor.

T-Mobile customers will enjoy a rich, brilliant viewing experience on the Galaxy Tab, which features a WSVGA enhanced TFT display combined with 3D-like graphics and full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 for accessing Flash-enabled websites, watching video and playing games. Running on T-Mobile’s super-fast mobile broadband network and with built-in support for Wi-Fi, the Galaxy Tab’s portable screen is ideal for watching the latest movies and entertainment or experiencing thousands of Android Market™ widgets, games and applications. In addition, T-Mobile’s Galaxy Tab will include the Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, supporting smooth Web browsing, a rear-facing camera for photo capture and sharing, and a front-facing camera for video chat.

“On the heels of our popular Samsung Vibrant™, we are excited to work with Samsung yet again to offer another premium Android-powered device to our customers,” said Britt Wehrman, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “Tablets are a natural extension of our mobile broadband portfolio as T-Mobile continues to provide customers with new and compelling ways to enjoy Web and entertainment while on the move.”

The Galaxy Tab also provides easy access for downloading and listening to music, updating social networking status in real time, navigating with Google Maps™, and staying connected to friends and family through e-mail, text, IM, and video chat. Similar to the rich experience on the Samsung Vibrant, the Galaxy Tab will feature Samsung’s Social Hub application, as well as Samsung’s new Media Hub content service, providing access to a robust library of premium movies and TV episodes.

Availability
The Galaxy Tab is expected to be available to T-Mobile customers this holiday season. For more information about T-Mobile products and services, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com.

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