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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9-inch Hands-on report

Will Samsung create new followers of the unique 8.9” screen size?

Till now we have mostly seen tablets in sizes of 7” and 10.1” except the most popular of them all – the iPad in 9.7”. Samsung already has the 7” product line covered, so 10.1” was the obvious next choice. But the Korean company did not stop at that. They went a step ahead and released the Galaxy Tab in the most unique form-factor till now – 8.9 inches.

The reason for an 8.9” form-factor sounds obvious as far as Samsung is concerned. But will it appeal to the mass? has a hands-on of the G Tab 8.9” from Germany and he certainly says he can’t wait when it is available.

There is not much difference with the 10.1” version that we can spot out apart from the size of course. Both have almost the same front side with only the video calling camera, same backside with the shooting camera and the different textured area around it. In fact the 8.9” might have a relatively sharper screen as it has the same 1280 x 800 pixel resolution as that of the 10.1”. Both come with the latest Android 3.1. The dual-core Tegra 2 processor and most of the others features are similar as well.

The 8.9 retains the mouthwatering sleek form-factor that we have seen in the 10.1 for the first time. The new TouchWiz looks very snappy and even more flexible with the resizable widgets. But the most interesting aspect of the 8.9” could be its form-factor. People love options and while most companies have a maximum of two sizes available in the market – Samsung might run away with the early-bird prize for those who find 7” too small and 10.1” too much to work on.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-07-15 (Update: 2021-05-18)