Samsung doesn't bend under pressure, reworks the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to make it thinner than the iPad 2

Samsung doesn't bend under pressure, reworks the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to make it thinner than the iPad 2
We know that concept-to-development time in the mobile industry was shrinking dramatically in the last few years, due to the enormous competition, but the great minds at Samsung outdid themselves.

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.

source: Samsung

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25 Comments

1. CB2047 unregistered

Haha take that Apple!

12. Nikkco

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 22, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. silly ifanboy.

19. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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...

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

orly?

25. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

wow ur a fanboy, get a life loser

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.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

they sure are obsessed with thin

9. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

You know what they say...you can never be too thin or too rich lol.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

just ask kate moss!!! lol

20. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Or Karen Carpenter.

6. ribbonsalmark

Posts: 84; Member since: Jan 06, 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: Feb 08, 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: May 10, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: May 10, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 28; Member since: Apr 07, 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... http://galaxytab.samsungmobile.com/10.1/features.html

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??

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