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Company sources say much-rumoured 7in tablet computer, running Android, will break cover at major German electronics show

According to reports in Korea, Samsung's much-rumoured tablet computer will make its official debut at IFA, German's major consumer electronics show, in Berlin next month.

Quoting 'a high ranking official' at the company, Korea's JoongAng Daily says that the product, seen as a rival for Apple's iPad, is yet to have an official name, but is expected to be on sale on the Korean market within the next month or two.

“We will showcase our latest Smart TV and interchangeable lens camera models at the show,” it quotes the source as saying yesterday, adding that “We will also showcase our tablet PC for the first time officially.”

This follows on from an announcement by Kim Hwan, vice president of the company's mobile communications division, that the company would launch the product in Korea during the third quarter of the year.

It's known that the device will have a 7in touchscreen, smaller than the iPad's, but will offer video calling functionality, which the Apple device lacks. It will run on Google's Android operating system.

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The Samsung device is expected to be just one of many iPad rivals on the way from a large number of companies, as we reported here. LG is already expected to launch a device later this year.

One driver for both LG and Samsung, along with other Korean manufacturers, is that the iPad is not yet available in the local market, and as yet no release date has been set.

Domestic manufacturers are therefore keen to get a head-start on the Apple product, as well as cashing in on the growing interest in tablet devices.

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