Samsung Galaxy Tab to be sold by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

Samsung's new tablet is due in the coming months

Samsung's Galaxy Tab will be sold by T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint.

Samsung Mobile's iPad competitor, the Galaxy Tab, will be available through all four major U.S. wireless carriers.

The product will be sold by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, Samsung said Thursday in a statement.

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The Galaxy Tab is smaller than Apple's iPad, but is designed for many of the same uses -- surfing the Web, watching movies, or reading e-books. Like Samsung's Galaxy S smart phone, the Galaxy Tab is based on Google's Android operating system.

It is expected to ship before the year-end Christmas shopping season. In its press release, Samsung said the product will be "coming soon." Pricing has not yet been released.

The Galaxy Tab could fit in a large pocket. It is half an inch (12 millimeters) thick, and with a seven-inch screen, and weighs about 13 ounces -- compared to the iPad's heftier 1.5 lbs. Reviewers say that unlike the iPad,the Galaxy Tab can be operated with a single hand.

Users can download movies using Samsung's Media Hub service. It has two cameras -- a 3 megapixel device on the back for taking photographs, and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for Web chats.

Robert McMillan covers computer security and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Robert on Twitter at @bobmcmillan. Robert's e-mail address is robert_mcmillan@idg.com

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