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Samsung's new tablet will run an all-new version of TouchWiz, the company's custom interface overlay for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. "This is the most significant device we've ever done," said Travis Merrill, director of Galaxy Tab in Samsung's Consumer Business Division, during a confidential briefing a week prior to the launch.

Samsung's custom interface bestows Android with the ability to operate multiple applications simultaneously, for example, to cut and paste between them, a feature unique among non-Windows tablets. "This gives an all-new dimension to tablets. It's revolutionary," Merrill said. TouchWiz also permits video playback in a resizable window positioned anywhere on the screen. Also included in the Samsung bundle is Polaris Office, which can open, edit and create documents compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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