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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 surfaces in Russia with Keyboard Dock [Video]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 surfaces in Russia with Keyboard Dock [Video]

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 still isn't expected to hit retail until later in the year, but that hasn't stopped the 8.9-inch slate from popping up around the world for a sneaky series of appearances. After Germany earlier this month it's now the turn of Russia, with mforum.ru grabbing some hands-on time with the Tab 8.9 - and some accessories - at the tablet's debut there this week.

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Samsung Smart TV live streaming to Galaxy Tab hands-on [Video]

Samsung Smart TV live streaming to Galaxy Tab hands-on [Video]

Samsung may have had 3D video-on-demand to announce at IFA 2011 this morning, but the company was also demonstrating its smart TV streaming system that can squirt a live video feed from a D7000 or D8000 series HDTV to one of the company's Android-based devices. We grabbed some hands-on time to see whether this is the setup to retire your SlingBox for; check out the video demo and more after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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Samsung brings fight to iPad 2 with aggressive new Galaxy Tab pricing

Samsung brings fight to iPad 2 with aggressive new Galaxy Tab pricing

Samsung has officially priced and dated its new Galaxy Tab models, and it seems the company may be the first Android tablet manufacturer to actually compete with the iPad/iPad 2 on sticker price. With a $499 entry-price for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi, matching the baseline for the iPad 2, and the promise of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 actually undercutting the Apple slate by $30, we may for once be looking at a more level playing field for tablet consumers.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 official

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 official

As we expected, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9, its 8.9-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate that slots in-between the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the larger Galaxy Tab 10.1 which also makes its US debut at CTIA 2011 this week. Billed as the "world's thinnest mobile tablets" at 8.6mm thick - the iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick, for comparison - the Galaxy Tab 8.9 tips the scales at 470g but still has a 1280 x 800 touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core processor and twin cameras. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been back into the engineering labs since we saw it in Barcelona last month, shedding some bulk to better compete with the iPad 2.

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GALAXY Tab 10.1 & 8.9 Hands-on [CTIA 2011]

GALAXY Tab 10.1 & 8.9 Hands-on [CTIA 2011]

It's hard to argue with the fact that the iPad 2 sent Samsung rushing back to the lab to try to squeeze some bulk out of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but then it's also clear that both the 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 slates are appealing hardware in their own right. Each slimmer and lighter than the second-gen Apple, they're as close to Star Trek style sci-fi tablets as we've seen so far, making Motorola's XOOM look fat in comparison.

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