Samsung doesn't bend under pressure, reworks the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to make it thinner than the iPad 2
The incredibly thin iPad 2 was just announced a few weeks ago and obviously caught Sammy by surprise with its slim profile. Two days after, it vouched to go back to the drawing board, calling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was announced just last month "inadequate" with its 0.43" (10.9mm) thickness.
So what's an innovative company like Samsung to do when it gets outdone? Cry? Blame our consumption-oriented society? No, Sammy just sat down, and totally reworked the chassis of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 to fit it in 0.33" (8.6mm), a tad less than even the iPad 2's 0.34" (8.8mm). The weight is also less than Apple's finest, at 1.31 pounds (595g). The profile slimming doesn't come at the expense of battery capacity, as Samsung claims the same 10 hours of video playback as before.
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports 1GHz dual-core chipset, 10.1" screen with 1280x800 pixels, and a 3MP camera with LED flash on the back, plus a 2MP front-facing cam. It is not entirely clear if we will still have the Tegra-2 chipset here, or Samsung's Exynos, that we saw tested on tablets a few months ago. Not to worry, though, the chipset is still capable of Full HD 1080p video playback, and the tablet records HD video at 30fps via the rear cam.
Besides the Wi-Fi version that will come out first, we are also looking at HSPA+ variant with 21Mbps download speeds. As for internal memory, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will have 16GB and 32GB versions, plus a microSD card slot for extra storage.
Samsung has also created a tablet version of its TouchWiz interface to place over Android 3.0 Honeycomb, here's what the first OEM Honeycomb overlay includes:
"Samsung’s TouchWiz user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu users can customize to display a variety of content on the home screen including digital pictures, favorite Web sites and social network feeds. In addition, the interface includes an application tray of commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player which can be launched while other major applications are also in use, including large file downloads and document editing. This Mini Apps Tray provides a mixture of convenience and flexibility previously unheard of with tablet devices."
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 takes both fun and work seriously - it will come with the Readers Hub and Music Hub, giving you access to millions of books and songs, but will also sport corporate-friendly features to help IT managers, developed together with industry stalwarts like Cisco, Sybase, Cytrix and SAP.
Granted, for now Samsung is just showing the prototypes, but nevertheless one can only admire the swift reaction, which shows the type of determination that made Samsung stand out last year with phones like the Galaxy S, and the first brand-name Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab.
As for pricing and availability, how do June 8th for the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 10.1, at $499 for the 16GB, and $599 for the 32GB versions sound to you? Pretty good, eh? Let us know in the comments.
1. CB2047 (unregistered)
Haha take that Apple!
12. Nikkco (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
AGAIN Apple is the leader and everyone else follows.
I guess I too would be frustrated if i had an Android device.
If you want to know what next is coming your way look at Apple....
13. remixfa (Posts: 13885; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
really? really?? lol. According to apple there is no reason for screens bigger than 3.5 and no need for high specs like dual core, and noone will ever use a tablet for taking pictures..
yet here they are, responding to the rise and dominance of android by doing just that.
19. Lucas777 (Posts: 2115; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
first off, there is obvi the ipad which contradicts what u are saying.... second, no, i doubt u will take ur tab sking to take pictures of the mountains... also, u can't say crap about a 9 month old phone... it was created a week after the FIRST 4.3 inch screen, and THERE WERE NO DUAL CORES AT THE TIME. also, they upgraded the screen so u cant even see the pixels... and yes, there is a noticable difference. if u r gonna make judgements about things that couldnt be made at the time thats like saying why rnt tablets and smartphones quad-core at the moment...
2. Honeycomb_FTW (unregistered)
I'm not really sure this is the same tablet.
It looks like they have the 10.1" Tegra 2 Galaxy Tab and then they have these other two--8.9" & 10.1" dual-core 1GHz hummingbird ultra-thin & ultra-light tablets.
3. evo1 (unregistered)
Shiitin on Apple!!!!!!!
4. Spear (unregistered)
By this time next year, the iPad 3.14 will be nanometers thick.
9. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
You know what they say...you can never be too thin or too rich lol.
6. ribbonsalmark (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
Celestial Being Endorses this product.
7. ryq (unregistered)
i believe samsung coming out with a thicker tab earlier was just a ploy and this was the real 10" galalxy tab. the statement by the samsung executive after ipad 2 was released was part of it if not that guy would have been fired at once.
8. grillmaster423 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Feb 2011)
So the Koreans have a sense of humor. Seems like GT 10.1 had the iPad 2 from the jump as an international June launch indicates a final prototype had been decided on long ago, and production has already started.
Looks like the XOOM will be heading to T-Mobile USA!
10. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it doesn't look like TouchWiz 4.0 has really botched up the stock Honeycomb experience too bad, i'll wait for the reviews to make my final say but i'm really curious about the GT 8.9 there.
17. protozeloz (Posts: 5189; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I have to say the tab does look sexy but TouchWiz... and finally my argument about the XOOM being the nexus of tablets may have become true
18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, i've never really liked anything with TouchWiz since WinMo 6.1 on the original Omnia which was a powerhouse at the time but i'll keep an open mind with the UI on Tablets as opposed to Smartphones and yeah, i'd say the Xoom is Google's favorite at the moment too.
22. protozeloz (Posts: 5189; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
maybe they added some good features... some people use TouchWiz are still alive, it it dint hold back updates it could be a yes yes yes
11. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 724; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Wait, so what about the original Tab 10.1 with the 8MP camera? I don't give a shit how thin the damn thing is. I really liked the specs of the original one. Wtf Samsung.
15. remixfa (Posts: 13885; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
that has to be a typo by PA. They had a video review up last week with a dude taking pix from its 8mpx camera.
21. Valanten (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)
I don't care either about the thickness and I think Samsung makes big ass mistake by replacing the originally announced 8MP cam with 3MP one. It sucks!!! Actually I was interested in this tablet, but now....not anymore!
23. Preng0154 (unregistered)
I like the previous design and 8mp of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 .. Looks better than the new design... And the new got only 3mp at the rear...
24. JamesJones22 (unregistered)
I don't see the use for a high end camera on a tablet unless it is front facing. Do you really need the 8mp so you can snap photos with your GIANT camera??