One of the reasons the HTC Flyer comes in a 7″ form factor is because HTC wanted it to be small enough to hold in one hand without inducing any cramps in the long run, not to mention slipping the Flyer into your jacket pocket in a jiffy. Well, 10″ tablets are nice to look at, but try carrying it with just one hand all day long? Samsung explores the middle ground between the two with their Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 which has just passed FCC testing, where it is known as the A3L-GTP7300, sporting a 3G emblem to boot.

Initial reports of this tablet tout the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to ship with Android 3.X Honeycomb right out of the box, accompanied by a Tegra 2 dual-core processor, an 8.9″ display at 1280 × 900 resolution, 1GB RAM, a 3-megapixel rear camera alongside a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. 

Test reports have confirmed that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be able to work on AT&T’s 850/1900MHz GSM bands alongside WCDMA bands II and V. No idea on pricing, but since it has already crossed the hurdles set out by the FCC, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 should be arriving really, really soon.

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