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December 14, 2010

Samsung Unveils 'Luxury' Galaxy Tab at Millionaire Fair

By Tracey E. Schelmetic
TMCnet Contributor

You may not be aware of this, but once a year, an international trade show is held called “The Millionaire Fair.” This year's event, held in the Netherlands, showcased the best and brightest of consumer items, including technology products, that most of us will never be able to afford. The event ran from Dec. 9 to 13, and featured luxury items from clocks and jewelry to consumer electronics, fashion and fine art.

Samsung, which normally exhibits at the fair with a very limited edition technology gadget, this year showcased a souped-up version of its new Galaxy Tab computer. But this one was a little different than the one currently on the market for the masses. Called the “Luxury Edition,” this version of the Galaxy Tab is a standard Galaxy Tab device, but it comes with a special leather case and a Bluetooth headset not available with the standard Galaxy Tab.

The special Luxury Edition will be available from Dec. 15, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2011.

The Galaxy Tab, which debuted in September of this year, has a seven-inch screen and a Cortex A8 1GHz processor. It runs on Google’s Android 2.2 operating system and comes with 16 GB of internal memory as well as Wi-Fi 3G connectivity. Unlike its closest competitor, Apple's (News - Alert) iPad, the Galaxy Tab has two cameras: a 3.2 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3 megapixel front camera for video calling (the iPad has no cameras) and supports Flash.

The Galaxy Tab launched to mixed reviews, with some noting its smaller screen than Apple's iPad, plus a larger price tag (News - Alert). In some parts of the world (notably in the U.K.), the price has been dropped due to consumer complaint. The price tag of the brief “Luxury Edition” runs about $990, about $350 to $400 more than its standard price tag on AT&T and Verizon (News - Alert), respectively.

That must be SOME leather case.

Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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