Samsung Galaxy tablet just a really large phone?

August 26, 2010: 11:59 AM ET

Blurring the line between phone and tablet even further, a video today shows that the seven inch Galaxy Tablet is also a huge cell phone.

Pundits have decried the 5-inch Dell Streak for being too big to be a phone, some even saying that it is like holding a flip flop sandal or a waffle to their ears. Add two inches to that, and you have the Android-powered  Samsung Galaxy Tab which is somewhere between a phone and an iPad in size. And it works as a full 3G phone.

But just because it makes calls doesn't mean you have to hold it up to your head. More realistic options include using a bluetooth headset or traditional earphone jack. Even a speakerphone would be a great option in private areas.

And having an extra phone line certainly doesn't hurt when your phone runs out of battery, is out of range or can't be used.

It isn't certain if US carriers of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will require a voice plan (or even offer one) or if they will be sold like AT&T (T) sells its Apple (AAPL) iPads.

Speaking of iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab seems to be significantly smaller than the 10-inch screen iPad, though the resolution of the screens aren't that much different.

Here's a size comparison below:

iPad in back, Samsung Galaxy Tab middle, 4-inch Galaxy S phone in front

One of the distinctive features of the Samsung product is that it has front and back facing cameras for video conferencing and taking pictures and video. The device will officially be announced on September 2nd. True to tradition, Apple has scheduled an event a day ahead of this announcement in which new iPods with cameras are expected.

Another picture of the phone in action below.

Engadget has a full video here.

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