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Samsung Announce Galaxy Tab 10.1

David Gilbert


Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 10.1

That Samsung was going to update its Galaxy Tab was hardly a secret and today we got to see what that is going to be – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Unfortunately there are no prizes for guessing where Samsung got the title for the new tablet and the 10.1in screen is the most obvious change in the new device. The 10.1in WXGA TFT LCD has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and is the reason Samsung has called the Tab 10.1 an “entertainment powerhouse.” Inside, the upgraded screen is supported by upgraded power in the form of a 1GHz dual-core processor. The Tab 10.1 also has a rear 8 megapixel camera as well as a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling goodness.

The Tab 10.1 will run Android 3.0 or Honeycomb which will be able to take advantage of all that extra power and there will be no annoying customisation such as TouchWiz, on top. The Tab 10.1 will come with a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage and come with 802.11n Wi-Fi and HSPA and Bluetooth 3.0. While the Tab 10.1 has increased in size significantly Samsung has managed to keep the weight down to just a gram under 600grams – which is significantly less than the weighty iPad. The reason Samsung has been able to keep the weight down is something to do with it svelte 10.9mm thickness.

As an entertainment powerhouse, the Tab 10.1 will support video formats such as MPEG4/H263/H264 and you will be able to play 1080p Full HD video on it a 30fps and you can even shoot 1080p Full HD video at 24fps. There is Flash 10.1 support and built-in surround sound speakers add even more to its entertainment credentials.

The Tab 10.1 will be launching in March in Asia and Europe and Vodafone has announced that it will get exclusive access to the new tablet on launch. We have no word on pricing yet but Samsung say it will be “competitive” – and it will have to be in the crowded market place.

Source: Samsung


February 14, 2011, 11:40 am

A potentially superb device and was a probable first foray into the tablet market for me. Then Samsung shoot themself in the foot by making it exclusive to Vodafone. Why no Wi-Fi only model?


February 14, 2011, 1:54 pm

@Moggy58 - Samsung have had reasonable success with their Android phones and probably see this business model less risky than the Wifi-only tablet, especially after the luke-warm reception the first generation Samsung Galaxy received.

Maybe a Wifi-only edition will filter through once the Honeycomb bandwagon gains some momentum - can't see Samsung blowing the chance to ship some of these on a contract-free basis.


February 14, 2011, 2:48 pm

I dunno, right now would you buy an Android tablet without a bit more info on the level of support you can expect? It's looking like those that bought the Tab 1, f'instance, are going to be stuck with a dead-end product just five months after purchase and Android in the smartphone space is turning into a complete joke with regards to getting timely updates from manufacturers. Hopefully (and I do mean that, Android has a lot going for it and I'd like to see it do well) they've tackled this with Honeycomb and updates will be divorced from any manufacturer mods but only time will tell.


February 14, 2011, 9:32 pm

@BOFH UK - right now there's not a single Tablet out there that I would buy regardless of OS platform.

Honeycomb looks like a big step forward from previous editions of Android, but like you, I am of the opinion that it needs to prove itself on a number of levels - not least of which is unfettered access to the Android Marketplace and OS Updates.

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