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Rumour: Samsung to announce 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab in March

We’ve barely got back from Mobile World Congress where Samsung’s stellar Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet was shown off, and we’re already hearing rumours of a follow up device – one with a 8.9-inch screen.

Presumably to be called the Galaxy Tab 8.9, there’s not much known about this device other than that it’ll feature a 8.9-inch display, according to Yonhapnews. We imagine that the Tab 8.9 would have a dual core chip and run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but no further details or spec have been mentioned.

The Korean tech site says that the tablet could be launched in the “global market through mobile operators” as early as next month. Yonhapnews also quoted a unnamed Samsung spokesman who didn’t disclose “further details or launching dates.”

We can see why Samsung would want to put out an 8.9-inch tablet, to kick some sand in the face of LG, whose Optimus Tab has a screen size of the same dimensions. That’s all well and good, but will it have 3D cameras?

LG’s stand at MWC this year rather bitchily proclaimed 8.9-inches to be the perfect size for a tablet, thumbing its nose at Apple’s iPad (‘unnecessary dead spaces’) and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab (‘down graded quality’) at the same time.

We’ve asked Samsung for a comment on this and are waiting to hear back.

Update: Samsung declined to comment on the Tab 8.9 rumour.

Source: Samsung Hub


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