Samsung Galaxy Tab to be sold by four major US carriers

Samsung's new tablet is due in the coming months

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.

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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