Japan’s KDDI is joining a number of carriers that will be offering Samsung’s Android-powered tablet starting at some point in early next year. However, they won’t get the “original” Galaxy Tab, but some version which is I guess specially made for their needs.
Specs wise, the model marked SMT-i9100 also comes with a 7-inch WSVGA (1024×600 pixels) touchscreen, Android 2.2, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The difference is in the camera – KDDI’s baby won’t have the front-facing one and its rear camera counts only 2 megapixels (as opposed to 3.2 of the original Tab). Moreover, users won’t interact with the device via TouchWIZ — rather, the Ocean Observation UI will be used.
We don’t like the “camera detail” as it effectively kills video calls. As for the new UI, I know few people that pretty much hate TouchWIZ so that could turn to be good news.
As a reminder, KDDI is not the only mobile operator in the Land of the rising Sun that will sell Samsung’s Android tablet – NTT DoCoMo also unveiled plans to offer what seems as the original version of the device.