There are tons and tons of Android based tablets out there, none of them are able to compete with the iPad. If you remember, the only Android based tablet that managed to compete with the iPad ( just barely though) was the Samsung Galaxy 7 inch Tab. Both these devices were launched in India, but the iPad won the global battle. Apple is looking at India as a serious tablet market, the quick launch of the iPad2 in India seems to suggest. Even though it was much later than the global launch, late last month Apple launched the successor to the original iPad, the iPad2 and is reportedly selling like hot cakes!
Now Samsung wants a piece of the tablet market in India and launching two new Android Honeycomb 3.0 based tablets in India. Honeycomb is Google’s first tablet optimised mobile OS. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile and IT, Samsung India confirmed the tablets in a statement to the Business Standard, “We will launch the 10-inch tablet PC at around Rs 35,000 and the 8-inch device will be priced around Rs 28,000. While the tablet PC market today stands at around 25,000 units a quarter, we expect it to grow exponentially here on.”
While this statement does not confirm which models will bare these price tags, it does give us an approximate pricing on the devices, I’m guessing the 8.9 Tab wll be priced Rs. 28,000/- onwards and the 10.1 Tab will start from Rs. 35,000/- onwards. Samsung’s new Android based smartphone, Galaxy S 2 is expected to be released anytime this month. This shows the interest that Samsung has in the mobile computing market in India. While we wait for an official release date and the complete price sheet, here’s a look at the specifications of both these tablets.
Galaxy Tab 10.1
- 10.1 inch WXGA capacitive touch screen with multi touch TFT
- Dual core 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra2 processor
- 16/32GB internal memory ( no sd card rumored, may have an sd card accessory)
- 1GB RAM
- Android Honeycomb 3.0 with TouchwizUI 4.0
- 8MP LED flash rear facing . 2MP front facing.
- Full HDMI playback and supports DLNA, stereo speakers
- A-GPS sensor, proximity and light sensor, Accelerometer.
- WiFi a/b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1.
- GPRS, EDGE, 3G (upto 21.2 Mbps)
- Standard battery, Li-Po 6860 mAh
Galaxy Tab 8.9
- 8.9-inch Capacitive touchscreen (1200×800 pixels)
1GHz dual core processor
16/32GB internal memory ( sd card upto 32GB uncomfirmed)
Android Honeycomb 3.0 with TouchwizUI 4.0
Rear-facing 8MP Camera (720p HD video) Front-facing 2 MP camera
Full HDMI playback and supports DLNA
A-GPS sensor, proximity and light sensor, Accelerometer.
WiFi a/b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1.
GPRS, EDGE, 3G (upto 21.2 Mbps)
Standard battery, Li-Po 6800 mAh
This post will be updated as more news arrives about these two fantastic products. Stay tuned!