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Galaxy tab: A worthy foe for iPad?

Posted: 28 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android platform? iPhone? Hummingbird processor?

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The introduction of Apple iPad in June altered the face of the tablet computing industry. Numerous other tablets have been announced since that time, including Research in Motion's PlayBook and the Dell Streak, but none with the fanfare and excitement that accompanied the iPad's rollout.

Samsung, with the recent release of the Galaxy Tab (an extension on the popular Galaxy S line of phones), hopes to bite into Apple's market share with a tablet platform designed to give the iPad real competition.

From Apple's perspective, Samsung is a familiar foe; the South Korean company had already registered on Apple's radar with the release of the Galaxy S, a very well-received smartphone that features a vivid AMOLED touchscreen and runs the Android platform for apps.

Much as Apple has used the iPhone as a launchpad for the development of new products, Samsung, with the Galaxy Tab, has looked to replicate the success of the Galaxy S handset by extending many of that phone's best qualities to the tablet platform.

Broadcom's low-power 802.11n-plus-Bluetooth chip in the newest Samsung tablet.

So what design choices did Samsung make to ensure its Android-based tablet would be a worthy adversary to the iPad? We looked inside to find out.

The first thing we noticed was the reuse of the Hummingbird processor first seen in the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. The 1-GHz S5PC110, which features the same ARM A8 core as seen in the Apple A4, was most likely chosen for ease of implementation and because using the same processor across platforms can help contain overall processor component costs. With the use of the Hummingbird, Samsung seems to have adopted the Apple business model of using its own processor as the cornerstone of its design to contain costs during product development. Expect to see the S5PC110 in numerous Samsung devices going forward.

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