Hands on with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX, the first custom Honeycomb UI

By on March 22, 2011 at 4:00 PM.

Hands on with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX, the first custom Honeycomb UI

When we sat down with Samsung yesterday to check out the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the improved and thinner Galaxy Tab 10, we were alerted that its TouchWiz UX user interface is the first custom UI on top of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. While it won’t ship on any of the Galaxy Tab family of tablets right away, Samsung does plan to issue an update that applies TouchWiz UX down the road a bit — in fact the new UI should wind up on all of the Galaxy Tab tablets in the near future. Samsung’s UI adds a bunch of features on top of Honeycomb, so hit the jump and we’ll go through some of them together — and don’t forget to check out our photo gallery!

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Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 8.9 Android Honeycomb tablet

By on March 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM.

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 8.9 Android Honeycomb tablet

Samsung wasn’t exactly coy about its plans to launch an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab during CTIA this week, and that’s exactly what it just did. On Tuesday Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, its third Android-powered tablet. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and features a mini-apps drawer for quickly launching your favorite applications. A future update will also bring Samsung’s custom UI to the slate. As its name implies, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has an 8.9-inch screen with a 1280 x 600-pixel resolution. Despite being thin and light — it weighs just 470g and is 8.6mm thick — it packs some serious hardware muscle including a 1GHz dual-core processor and support for 802.11n Wi-Fi in both the 2GHz and 5GHz frequency bands. The 16GB Wi-Fi-only model of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will retail for $469 and the 32GB version will cost $569 when the devices launch later this year. Hit the jump for the full release, and be sure to check out our hands-on. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet hands-on!

By on March 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet hands-on!

We met up with Samsung during the CTIA Wireless trade show in Orlando to get up close and personal with the Galaxy Tab 8.9, Samsung’s new Android tablet that fills the space between its current 10-inch and 7-inch models. We certainly think Samsung hit the sweet spot with this one. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is just 8.6mm thick, and it felt amazing — it’s much more sleek in the hand than the original chunkier 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Under its hood, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has a 1GHz dual-core processor just like the 10-inch model. Demo devices weren’t powering up when we played with them, though, so we tested the Galaxy Tab 8.9’s fresh new user interface on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and we definitely have some thoughts on the new UI to share. Hit the jump for more hands-on thoughts and don’t forget to check out our photo gallery.

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Samsung teases new tablet set for CTIA unveiling

By on March 9, 2011 at 8:35 AM.

Samsung teases new tablet set for CTIA unveiling

Samsung on Wednesday posted a new flyer to its Facebook page that hints at a new tablet the company plans to unveil at CTIA. The device in question will be the third addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup, though it’s hard to call it third when the second Galaxy tablet — the Galaxy Tab 10.1 — still hasn’t seen the light of day. The new slate is expected to sport an 8.9-inch display, positioning it between the 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the 10-inch Galaxy Tab 10.1. The device may be named “Galaxy Tab 8.9,” though the moniker has not yet been confirmed. Samsung will be holding a press conference at CTIA on March 22nd where this new tablet and several other devices are expected to be unveiled. BGR will be covering the event live to report news as it breaks. More →

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