Samsung Galaxy Tab teases us further with leaked firmware and carrier clues


Although it hasn't officially been announced yet, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab has already developed a taste for the limelight and has frequently teased us with snippets of new information, images, and alleged sightings. Its latest escapade may be its most daring yet, with the nearly simultaneous appearance of the device in Vodafone UK's systems and the leak of the tablet's firmware with what are possibly the final specifications.

The listing of the device by Vodafone UK doesn't bring any additional information, but it does drop some clues regarding the existence of a 3G-enabled, carrier-subsidized version later this year. This would be an interesting development, with the support of carriers placing the Galaxy Tab in a more mainstream and accessible position similar to Apple's wildly successful iPad. As for the firmware discovered by Samsung Firmwares, it confirms that the tablet will run Android 2.2 Froyo, but contrary to some earlier rumors, the Galaxy Tab P1000 will not have a 1.2GHz Cortex-A8 processor, instead opting for the still impressive 1GHz Cortex-A8 based Hummingbird S5PC110 CPU, which is identical to the one found in the Samsung Galaxy S (aka Captivate, Vibrant, Epic, Fascinate) smartphone and the rumored Yepp YP-MB2. Other info gleaned from the firmware includes the 7-inch screen having a WVGA resolution, a 3.2MP rear-facing camera, a 320×240 front facing webcam, Flash support, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and the innovative Swype soft keyboard.

There's still no word on the release date and price, but JoongAng Daily reports that the tablet may finally be revealed at IFA next month. The trickle of information may not be enough to satisfy our thirst to know more, but it all points to the Galaxy Tab being one of the possible highlights in the Android armada later this year. Share your thoughts on the Galaxy Tab in the comments.

[OLED-Display via Engadget]
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