Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
By Barb Dybwad
This slightly more diminutive sister to the 10.1 adds yet another size option to Samsung’s arsenal
We had a chance to go hands-on with Samsung’s not-yet-released Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet, yet another size offering amidst an ocean of 10-inch tablets and a smaller sea of 7-inchers. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is a lot like its big sister counterpart, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but more compact. There are a few small hardware differences to note, namely that the power and volume controls are on the top of the tablet next to headphone jack instead of on the left side as in its sibling. Also, the stereo speakers on the 8.9 are on the bottom of the tablet on either side of Samsung’s proprietary connector port instead of one on each side of the unit.
Video Link : Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 hands-on
A couple of other smaller differences include the fact that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will ship with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI — the company’s own special take on the stock Android Honeycomb interface — whereas Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners will be receiving that upgrade over the air after receiving devices with stock Honeycomb out of the box. The Amazon MP3 application will also come pre-installed on the unit (along with a few other apps as part of the TouchWiz UI update), which Samsung is touting as a great way to store your music in the cloud and save some precious storage space on your tablet.
Beyond that, the major difference here is obviously the size as well as, of course, the weight. If 10.1-inches simply feels too big, and a 7-inch tablet like the original Galaxy Tab or the BlackBerry PlayBook feels too small, the 8.9-inch device may be just the ticket. The screen is still bigger, brighter, and more colorful than an eReader, and yet smaller than the majority of the current tablet crop. If more of thin and light is your goal in a tablet, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 may well fit the bill.
There’s still no word on a release date for the device, although Samsung indicated this showing at BlogHer 11 was the first time it had unveiled the tablet to consumers. Although certainly not the most expected place to be debuting a new tablet to the public, the showing of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at the annual women’s blogging conference likely indicates the device is getting closer to a market release. Early pricing information from CTIA put a 16 GB version of the 8.9 at $469 and a 32 GB counterpart at $569, but Samsung has been mum on pricepoints since then so these may not be final figures.
Check out a few more shots of the tablet below and let us know what you think: is an 8.9-inch tablet a compelling size in the sprawling landscape of larger and smaller slates?
[Via : Tecca]