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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on
In an industry where outdoing the competition is prevalent everywhere you look, it really didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that people were marveled by the engineering wonder found with the iPad 2’s razor thin construction. Although they comfortably thought they were ahead of the curve when they unveiled the 10.1” Galaxy Tab last month,  Samsung was somewhat blindsided when the iPad 2 was brought forth to the world. Fast forward to roughly over a month since MWC, Sammy has gone back to the drawing board and redesigned their tablet not to just meet the mark set by the iPad 2, but rather, to beat it and lay claim to one engineering wonder.

Enter the totally redesigned Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1” model that’s coming to market starting on June 8th for the price of $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB). Literally a close shave thinner than the iPad 2 at 0.33” (8.6mm) thick, the new model is a stark reminder of how much different it is than the model announced at MWC. Remarkably thin is what undoubtedly comes to mind, but its new design approach is much more impressive thanks to its solid construction and premium set of materials. The metallic chassis seemingly complements its industrial design, but it’s nonetheless still wonderful considering that battery life isn’t compromised – which is still rated for the same 10 hours of video playback.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on


Granted that the unit was a prototype and not powered on, there is just this invisible aura that manages to capture the attention of people. Some of the other features include a 10.1” capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1GHz dual-core processor, 3-megapixel camera with LED flash in the back, 2-megpixel front-facing camera, the latest version of TouchWiz running on top of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and HSPA+ support.

Taking into consideration its competitive pricing to match Apple’s pride and joy, the totally redesigned 10.1” Samsung Galaxy Tab will have both pricing and killer design on its side. Of all things, the most impressive part about it all is just the quick development time seen out of Samsung’s camp as they toiled night and day to get it ready and in time for CTIA 2011. Most products generally take a year to get redesigned, but with Samsung’s presence in this emerging market, they’re not going to be a slouch in keeping the bar high for other manufacturers out there.


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posted on 22 Mar 2011, 23:39

1. grillmaster423 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Feb 2011)


Galaxy Tab 10.1...wow
iPad... for the zombies
Motorola XOOM... outdated in a blink.

Nice rework Samsung... and they say no good came from the Korean War.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 09:04 3

7. testman22 (Posts: 336; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


how is the xoom outdated? this has absolutely no advances on the xoom outside of being a little slimmer

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 10:45 2

10. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 787; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


I was really interested in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until they did this. There was nothing wrong with the one before. Samsung has some real issues if they think .2mm is going to make a huge difference in sales. I see no reason to get this over the Xoom now.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 01:38

2. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


It looks really good. I thought the original tab was an aesthetic abomination. But this is nice.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 02:10

3. PhoneLuver (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Does this have USB support?

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 22:22

13. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


no. it doesnt

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 15:48

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think there is going to be an adapter for it

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 02:13

4. PhoneLuver (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Would love to see the difference between the 8.9, 10.1 and iPad 2 to get an idea of the dimensions..

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 06:03

5. Seylan (unregistered)


" 3-megapixel camera with ..."
What? Before it was 8mp!...Oh wait...your'll forgot to indicate that there are 2 verisons...a 10.1(hands on) and a 10.1V model!
Does it have 3G?

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 08:09

6. PhoneLuver (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


I noticed that drop too! From 8 to 3! Why not just settle for 5MP? lol

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 22:23 1

14. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


they did this to drop the price... they realize people care about price more than a camera they will never use...

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 09:06

8. testman22 (Posts: 336; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


I'm going to pass on this one... considering they threw this thing together in only a couple of weeks to keep up with the size of the ipad 2- i guarantee its going to have all kinds of bugs and defects

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 09:53

9. Honeycomb_FTW (unregistered)


You really think it takes longer than a couple weeks to redesign the back of a tablet and swap out a high res camera for a lower res camera and change the battery?

If people looked at the original iPad they can see how easy it would be to make it thinner. Lighter? That's harder. . . except when you add more cells to the battery so you can reduce its weight ;)

Not much engineering going on here for these changes.

Take a look at iFixit for the Xoom and iPad--there isn't much to these devices.

It's more about optimizing the software than anything else.

Any company that owns their own tooling could easily design a tablet in a week--getting the software right is another story ;)

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 22:24 2

15. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


if its so easy why dont u just fix one up for urself...

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 23:30 1

17. Hrri (unregistered)


Made thinner in two weeks, but they have three months to sort out all the bugs and defects. Spurious accusations much?

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 13:14

11. IOS5 (unregistered)


What?! 10.1 or 8.9?! Which one samsung going to relase

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 20:57

12. nooobs (unregistered)


ipad 2 its more of a marvel sames things on less space 10.1 vs 9.7

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