Samsung Tab U.S. Release Date Moved Up Report

The Samsung Galaxy Tab, widely considered to be the first real challenger to the Apple iPad in the slate/tablet space, could launch as early as Nov. 1 on the Verizon Wireless network, according to a new report.

The website Droid Life is quoting a pair of unnamed sources who say the Android-running Tab will be available for sale on the first day of November, the same day the Tab goes on sale in the U.K.  It was originally thought that customers in the U.S. would have to wait until Nov. 14, but that might no longer be the case.

If the speculation is true, Verizon would likely beat its U.S. telco competitors to the punch. The device, which will be carried by all of the Big 4, is a little smaller than the iPad, coming in at 7-inches, and it weighs about half as much as Apples darling. It carries about 16GB of memory, and will allow up to seven hours of continuous video playback. Unlike the Apple offering, it has a 3-megapixel, rear-facing camera on board, and a made-for-video-chat 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. It will also come with a car dock for large-screen GPS navigation and more.

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