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Samsung starts selling 8.9" Galaxy Tab and two iPod Touch competitors next month

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 28 Sep 2011 16:35 User comments (4)

Samsung starts selling 8.9" Galaxy Tab and two iPod Touch competitors next month On October 2 Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 will hit the shelves of US retailers. It will be priced at $469 for 16GB of memory or 32GB for $569.
It features an 8.9" Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 1280x800. It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core T250S processor.

It can handle up to a 32GB microSD card and also has a USB 2.0 port. For connectivity, it features Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 support.

Rounding out the hardware are both front and rear facing cameras, 2 Megapixels and 3 Megapixels respectively, and a 6100mAh Li-polymer battery.



It will be able to play MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), MPEG-4 ASP/SP (H.264), and VC-1 video in resolutions up to 1080p and a variety of containers, including 3GP, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, and MKV.

Supported audio formats include MP3, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3GA, WMA, OGG, ACC, and FLAC.

As with other Samsung tablets, it will come loaded with Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) and the TouchWiz UX skin.

Along with their new tablet, Samsung also announced that their Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 will be available on October 16. The Galaxy Players are essentially Android equivalents of the iPod Touch, except with displays measuring 4" and 5" respectively.



Being essentially miniature tablets, it seems like the Galaxy Players will have limited appeal being priced at $229 and $269.

Just today, Amazon unveiled their $200 Kindle Fire, which will be available in November. Archos also has a line of discount tablets coming out soon, which are specifically designed for media playback and start at $299.

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4 user comments

128.9.2011 17:52

Really?! 2 and 3 MP cameras? I've said it countless times, but I just can not understand. If you're going to put a camera in a modern device, make it capable; this makes the device's resolution absolutely useless for content created by itself...


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228.9.2011 18:54

So far the Kindle Fire seems to be best bang to buck ratio... I gonna wait to see what tech comes out next year.

329.9.2011 0:40

I would settle for a camera that takes good quality 3MP pics...my new android has an 8MP camera...but you have to scale them back to less than 1MP for them to look decent.

I have to agree tho...one the Kindle fire is rooted and all the Amazon BS is removed from it, it will be the best tablet value.

429.9.2011 8:27

Originally posted by KillerBug:
I would settle for a camera that takes good quality 3MP pics...my new android has an 8MP camera...but you have to scale them back to less than 1MP for them to look decent.

I have to agree tho...one the Kindle fire is rooted and all the Amazon BS is removed from it, it will be the best tablet value.
I know you're more knowledgeable than I in many respects, and I'm sure that's somehow true. But every picture I see by any camera that's less than about 5MP is just grainy and generally colored badly, with lighting usually distorted. Just personal experience though, I've never actually looked in to all the camera tech in these things.

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