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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  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6800 mAh

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17 Comments

1. grillmaster423

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 08, 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.

7. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

how is the xoom outdated?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

10. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

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

3. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Does this have USB support?

13. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no. it doesnt

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think there is going to be an adapter for it

4. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

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

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?

6. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

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

14. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

8. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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

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 ;)

15. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

17. Hrri unregistered

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

11. IOS5 unregistered

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

12. nooobs unregistered

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

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