Samsung Unveils iPad Rival in Galaxy Tab

Samsung Electronics Co. on Thursday unveiled the Galaxy Tab, its take on Apple Inc.’s iPad, as more technology companies trickle into the nascent tablet market.

Tablets represent a potential new source of revenue for Samsung, which is making up for lost ground in the intensely competitive smartphone business.

Rather than sell it directly to consumers, Samsung will rely on its carrier partners to sell the Galaxy Tab, which runs on Google Inc.’s Android software, comes with a cellular connection, and features a seven-inch screen. The tablet will debut in Italy, moving to other markets as Samsung locks in more carrier deals.

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