Samsung Galaxy Tab unveiled in New York City
During today's press conference, Samsung revealed that Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T are all on board to offer the Android-based Galaxy Tab in the U.S.
Pricing and release dates for the Android-based Galaxy Tab are still yet to be announced, and will likely differ from carrier to carrier. Samsung has also confirmed that, like the Galaxy S series of smartphones, the features and specs of the Galaxy Tab will be tweaked slightly from carrier to carrier.
Beyond the obvious need for both a CDMA and a GSM version of the Tab, in order to work with the two different network technologies, a Samsung representative has also confirmed with CNET that specific internal memory capacities will differ among the carriers. So far, we've seen specs from IFA stating that both a 16GB version and a 32GB version are planned for production. Both models are capable of accepting up to 32GB of memory using MicroSDHC cards.
We also suspect that the individual carriers will put their own twists on the Tab's features, in the same manner as the Galaxy S series of smartphones. If so, there's a chance the Verizon model will feature Microsoft's Bing as the default search engine, and the video chat potential of the Tab's front-facing camera may not be realized on every carrier. (Update: Samsung has confirmed that Qik video chat will work on all Tab models, provided they are connected over Wi-Fi.)
Though it's frustrating to still be in the dark regarding the Tab's pricing and release date, the big takeaway here is that Samsung and all the cell carriers are betting heavily on this particular tablet. Aside from the Apple iPad, the only other tablet to receive a mainstream push from a U.S. carrier is the Dell Streak, which was available only through AT&T or directly from Dell. With the backing of Samsung and all four majors, the Tab's success or failure could shed light on whether consumer interest in the iPad is evidence of a larger interest in tablets, or is just another Apple-specific phenomena, similar to the iPod.
Details on the anticipated rollout of Samsung's Media Hub storefront were also announced today, and covered here in a separate article. For a hands-on look at the Galaxy Tab, check out CNET's Samsung Galaxy Tab product page.