Mark Bridge writes:
RIM and Sony Ericsson each reveal a new product within 24 hours. One has a 7-inch screen and a big announcement at the company's developer conference. The other, with a 1.3-inch micro-display, has a lower-key launch. Yet it's the similarities that have attracted my attention.
Samsung has announced the Samsung GALAXY Tab GT-P1000 at the IFA electronics show in Berlin. The device, which featured in an online 'teaser' video last week, is an Android-powered tablet with a 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixel) screen. As well as including 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, the Galaxy Tab also offers quad-band GPRS and tri-band 3G HSUPA/HSDPA connectivity.
Binatone has revealed two Android-based tablet devices. The HomeSurf 7, which has a 7-inch screen, is expected to sell for £129.99, while the larger HomeSurf 8 is likely to retail at for £179.99.
Both devices use resistive touchscreens and have left out 3G connectivity, helping to keep the price down.
Samsung has revealed details of its forthcoming tablet computer in an online video. The Samsung Galaxy Tab will apparently have a 7-inch screen, a built-in camera that supports video calling and will run Android 2.2. It's expected to offer HD movie playback and, like the Galaxy S smartphone, will include Swype software for text entry. A formal launch is expected at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin on 2nd September.