Samsung announced, Monday, its U.S. release plans for tablet Galaxy Tab 8.9 and two new media players, the Galaxy Player 4.0 and Galaxy Player 5.0. The tablet, which runs on Google's Android 3.1 Honeycomb, will be available Oct. 2 while the players both powered by Android 2.3.5, Gingerbread, are set for release on Oct.16.
These three additions to the Galaxy family of products are impressive examples of our commitment to offering consumers an unrivaled array of choices for entertainment and information on-the-go, Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, said to PCMag.com. People want their mobile device to fit their lifestyle and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Players offer unparalleled power and portability to meet the widest consumer needs.
Measuring at 8.6 millimeters, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has joined the thinnest mobile tablets currently released in U.S. as thin as its sibling, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It will run on a dual-core T250S processor with a 1280-by-800 resolution multi-touch WXGA TFT display protected by Gorilla Glass. The tablet features Samsung’s Touch Wiz UX user interface, a custom built on Honeycomb. It includes a magazine-like widget view called Live Panel, which helps the user access email, news, photos, and more from the home screen very quickly.
The Mini Mode Tray can allow direct access to the commonly used apps by a simple one-touch tap. Just like on your notebook, you can easily share photos, links via email, social network sites, and Clipboard, an advanced copy and paste functionality. What’s more, the Indicator Quick Panel in lower right-hand corner of the display lets users quickly toggle connectivity, notifications, sound, brightness, and settings on and off. Also a native photo editor lets you readily crop, rotate, and adjust colors of high quality images.
The tablet has been made available for pre-order at www.samsung.com. The Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab 8.9 is priced at $469 (16GB) and $569 (32GB).
The Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are 4-inch and 5-inch handheld media players, respectively. Weighing just 6.4 and 4.2 ounces respectively, they are designed to be an excellent option for enjoying games, music, videos, e-books and social media without the bulk of portable DVD players or laptops.
Without the need of cell service they are intended to be used like the iPod for entertainment, communication and information through Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n). In addition, the powerful communication functions of the two devices can be seen from the design of front- and rear-facing cameras for video chat and photography. Through a software update in the future both of them will support Samsung's Media Hub content service. Other features include 8GB of memory with a microSD slot for up to 32GB of additional storage.
Samsung's Galaxy Player 4.0 is priced at $269 and the Galaxy Player 5.0 at $229. These devices were unveiled way back in March, but they will not be available in the U.S. market until Oct. 16.