Berlin – Korean electronics firm Samsung on Thursday
introduced the Galaxy Tab, a new tablet computer that the company says is just
as good as Apple’s iPad. "Honestly, I don’t see anything it that is weaker than
the iPad," W.P. Wong, head of Samsung Mobile’s product planning team, told
reporters at the IFA trade show in Berlin.
The Galaxy Tab runs Google’s Android
operating system, and sports a 7-inch screen, a cellular connection for
potential voice calling, and dual cameras that support video chat.
The Wall Street Journal it expects the device to retail for $200-$300 from its
wireless network carrier partners, who may offer price subsidies.
Tab will be released first in Italy by Vodafone, which told The Journal it will
expand distribution in Europe and to other markets in October.
The device is slated
for release in the U.S. by the end of the year.