Samsung Q1 UMPC
Samsung Q1 UMPC

We already knew that Samsung (and pretty much every other major PC makers) had a tablet PC in the works. Now a few more details are leaking out of Korea, courtesy of Etnews. I’d take this with a grain of salt, since I still haven’t heard anything official, but Etnews reports that the tablet will tentatively be called the S-Pad, and that it will have a 7 inch Super AMOLED display.

The Samsung tablet will also reportedly run Google Android, despite some reports that are apparently suggesting it might run Samsung’s BADA OS, which was also developed for smartphones. The tablet will reportedly sport WiFi and 3G wireless connectivity options, although like the Apple iPad, the Samsung S-Pad will apparently be available with WiFi only at launch.

Of course, if you just can’t wait until August for the Samsung S-Pad, you could always just build your own Samsung tablet by taking apart a Samsung netbook and putting it back together again — without the keyboard.

Samsung has dabbled in the tablet space in the past, with UMPCs like the Samsung Q1 pictured above.

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10 replies on “Samsung S-Pad tablet to run Google Android, hit the streets in August?”

  1. Actually, after searching several korean web-sites. I found the recent view of their “Galaxy Pad” it doesn’t have any buttons on the front at all.

    The four buttons it does have are touch-screen similiar to that of their new Epic 4G Phone on Sprint. It is very slim and sleek from the pictures I saw. The site also quoted one of the companies engineers saying “It’s been a difficult task designing this particular product due to having to follow a lot of Apples designs and playbooks in manipulating and controlling certain functions without the physical keyboard and mouse.”

  2. Samsung makes some pretty nice kit. I am not sure about the thumb board. It is nice to have a real keyboard, but it makes the unit somewhat larger.

    1. This is actually a picture of a Samsung tablet from a few years ago. I
      seriously doubt we’ll have a thumboard on the new model. I should probably
      have made that more clear in the post instead of just throwing up a caption
      though.

      1. To that end, the device depicted in the image is in the Q1U family of variants and not an actual Q1. The original Q1 did not have a split-keyboard. The device released after the Q1U, the Q1EX, also did not feature a split-keyboard.

      2. Still, it might be worth re-visiting. A lot of variations should be tried to see which features “stick” with the users.

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