Samsung to sell the Galaxy Tablet in UAE
Samsung has announced the introduction of their iPad rival, the Galaxy Tablet, in the UAE through Eros Group, sole distributor for Samsung Electronics.
Samsung Galaxy has a 7-inch TFT-LCD screen (as compared to the Apple iPad‘s 9-inch) and a 1GHz Hummingbird processor which comes with Android 2.2 (Froyo). Users will also have access to Media Hub, Samsung’s answer to Apple’s iTunes Store. You can view videos immediately even as they download and you can share purchased content with up to five devices. The Galaxy Tab, which has a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera in addition to a 3-megapixel camera on the back, can complete video calls via Wi-Fi with the Qik.com app.
The Galaxy, with in-built 3G HSUPA connectivity, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 3, can be used as a mobile phone. It also supports the latest Adobe Flash Player 10.1 (one thing the iPad certainly does not do), and the tablet comes in two capacities — 16GB and 32 GB, expandable up to 32GB using an SD card.
Samsung’s Tablet is smaller than the iPad, and only slightly thinner. It has a similar screen resolution, it’s almost half as heavy, and packs in twice the amount of RAM memory of the iPad.
A front-facing camera allowing face-to-face video telephony over 3G, and a rear-facing camera for capturing still images and video, is also available on the Galaxy Tab, and not yet on the iPad. Battery life is expected to be 10 hours.
Price and Availability
In the UAE, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet will be available from the first week of October 2010. The 16GB model is expected to priced at 2,500 AED while the 32GB model is expected to be priced at 3,100 AED.
Comparison of Galaxy Tablet to iPad and Dell Streat
Here’s a US model comparison of the current tables by PC World.
The Bottom Line
Apple’s iPad has been wildly popular (even more than we first thought it would be). Both the Dell Streak and Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet are worthy competitors being introduced to the UAE. They are both smaller than the iPad and much more likely to be used as a smartphone as well, especially the Dell Streak. Their support for Flash and similar performance as the iPad makes them a great option for the huge smartphone-happy market in the UAE. Nevertheless, the iPad will continue to dominate this segment, since well, it’s an Apple product.
- Dell Streak Tablet to launch at Gitex Shopper 2010
- RIM introduces the BlackBerry PlayBook
- Apple introduces iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010
- The Apple iPad – innovation or show-off accessory?
- A look at Apple’s new iPhone 4