Google IO 2016 Coverage

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 [Video]

Earlier today we were at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event in New York City, and we got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. It is finally going to be available on October 3rd for $469 (16GB)  and $569 (32GB). The Galaxy Tab 8.9 features a 8.9-inch 1280 X 800 Gorilla Glass display, a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it is only 8.6mm thin.

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Hit the break for pics of the presentation.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 [Video]

Earlier today we were at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event in New York City, and we had a change to checkout the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0. They will be available for pre-order on September 27th, and available nationwide on October 16th. Pricing will be $229 for the 4.0 and the $269 for the 5.0.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 for the U.S.

We are at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio, and they just announced the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 will be available for pre-order starting September 27th and nationwide starting October 16th. The Galaxy Players are WiFi only devices that give you all the functionality of Android for those looking for a “personal media player” type of device.

The Galaxy Player 5.0 will have a 5-inch WVGA TFT LCD (800×480) and the Galaxy Player 4.0 will have a 4-inch WVGA TFT LCD (800×480). Both will come with Android 2.3.5 and a 3.2MP rear camera along with a VGA front camera. Pricing will be $229 for the 4.0 and the $269 for the 5.0.

Full Specs:

Network WiFi™ 802.11b/g/n
OS Android™ 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
Display 5” WVGA TFT LCD (800×480) 5.0 / 4” WVGA Super Clear LCD (800×480)
Camera Rear : 3.2MP Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : VGA Camera
Video Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback & Recording: 720p HD Video
3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio and Stereo Speaker


Android Market™
Google™ Mobile Services : Google™ Talk, Google™ Maps, Books, etc.
Task Manager
Voice Recorder
Connectivity Bluetooth® 3.0
Mini USB
Memory 8GB, microSD slot (up to 32GB)
Size 3.07 x 5.56 x 0.46 inches 5.0 / 2.53 x 4.87 x 0.39 inches 4.0
Weight 6.42 ounces 5.0 / 4.27 ounces 4.0
Battery 2,500mAh 5.0 / 1,200mAh 4.0

Full press release and pictures from the event after the break:

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi Version To Be Released In Less Than a Week’s Time

Today Samsung Mobile finally unveiled, from their popular line of Galaxy devices, the Galaxy Tab 8.9.  A happy medium for those wanting more than a 7-inch device but not quite a 10.1-inch. Samsung delivered tonight with their device weighing in at 447 grams and coming in at 8.6mm thin, this is the thinnest tablet to hit the market to date leaving the iPad 2 mm’s behind in the dust.  The device, as its name implies, sports an 8.9″ WXGA (1280×800) res display with gorilla glass technology, a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core CPU and the popular TouchWiz UX over Android’s Honeycomb 3.1.

As expected, the device comes with all of the bells and whistles in the entertainment department as one can expect.  Samsung has included a number of their popular hubs such as the Media Hub, Music Hub offering over 13 million songs to choose from, a Reader’s Hub with access to over 2 million books, magazines and news papers.  In addition, they’ve added their popular Social Hub giving you access to all the Facebook and Twitter one can handle.  All of your standard Google services and of course the Android Market will be available as well.  The device offers a number of security features for those looking to use the tab in a corporate or business setting.  There’s support for personal productivity, such as, AllShare content transfer, the new “Find My Mobile” software which allows you to use the device’s GPS to track it on a map, should you ever lose the device or someone ‘accidentally borrows” it.

Furthermore, the device will have support for mobile printing and comes pre-loaded with Polaris Office on board.  The device will be available in “less than a week” and will run $469 for the 16 gig model and $569 for the 32 gig option.  Hit the break for the list of full features and offerings from Samsung and stay tuned for our footage of an unboxing and hands on for this bad boy followed by a full length review.

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