Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 makes early appearance

Samsung is set to reveal the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at CTIA this week, but some spec sheets for the interestingly-sized tablet have already been snapped.

Some new specs are revealed; that 8.9-inch display will have a 1280×800 resolution, the tablet will be 8.6mm thin – that’s 0.2mm slimmer than the iPad 2 – and weigh in at 470g.

We’re also looking at a 1GHz dual-core processor, which comes as no great surprise.

New user experiences

The information sheets explain that the Samsung tablet will feature a proprietary user interface over Android Honeycomb OS, which will include a ‘Live Panel’.

This includes widgets like ‘Buddies Now’ (a contacts/social networking tie-in for your favourite peeps), calendar, email, weather, news, stocks, photo gallery and bookmarks.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will also incorporate a ‘mini apps tray’ for multi-tasking; pulling up the tray allows users to use one of 6 mini app functions without opening the full application, a bit like a dashboard.

Does Samsung have any other surprises up it’s Galaxy Tab 8.9 sleeve? There’s not long to wait before we find out, with Samsung officially unveiling the tablet later on today.