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Samsung Annoucne World's Thinnest Tablets

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Samsung Announces World's Thinnest Tablets

At CTIA in Florida this afternoon, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9 as well as a new Galaxy Tab 10.1 – both of which Samsung claim are thinner than the iPad 2 (but only just).

It had been reported that following the launch of Apple’s second generation tablet, Samsung got scared and planned on going back to the drawing board with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 it announced at Mobile World Congress last month. Well instead of changing the 10.1 Tab we saw at MWC, Samsung has instead gone and produced a completely new version which will go on sale side-by-side with the 'old' 10.1 Tab. The new Tab 10.1 looks a lot more attractive than the previous iteration and looks very much like the 8.9in Tab which was also unveiled this afternoon.

Neither Tab was working at the presentation by Samsung but both will pack dual-core 1GHz processors, presumably Tegra 2, have a 3 megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash as well as a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. They will have SIM card slots, microSD card slots and headphone jacks. Both will have WXGA screens with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Samsung are selling the devices as the world’s thinnest tablets measuring 8.6mm which is a fraction of a millimetre thinner than the iPad 2. The 10.1 weighs 595g and the 8.9 weighs just 470g compared to the iPad 2's 601g.

Both will come with Samsung TouchWiz UX interface on top of Android Honeycomb, which won’t please some, but from what we’ve seen of the interface in action, it doesn’t seem too much of a problem. Among the changes include an “application tray” of commonly used features and the ability to resize widgets on the home screen - which seems like a very nice feature to us.

Pricing for the US market was also announced at the end of the presentation today - for the Wi-Fi models at least. Both models will come in 16GB and 32GB varieties with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 costing $469 (16GB) and $569(32GB) while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will cost $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB). The larger model will be the first to market on 8 June with the Tab 8.9 available at some stage during the summer. No other pricing or release dates were mentioned today but we’ll bring them to you as soon as we have them. It was also confirmed that Samsung was working on a 4G model which would be "very competitively priced" according to Samsung.

“We don’t believe in a one size fits all model, it is all about choice,” a spokesman for Samsung said at the presentation today and with the 7in Tab already on the market, they are not kidding. With the 32GB 10.1in Tab matching up price wise with the 9.7in iPad 2 and the 7in PlayBook, Samsung will be hoping the slimmed down body and TouchWiz UX interface will be enough to set it apart from its rivals.

What do you think of the world’s thinnest tablets?

Source: Samsung

Jesper

March 22, 2011, 8:55 pm

I am not really sure if it is positive or negative that Samsungs alter the design in response to the iPad2.

On the one hand it is cool that they can adapt so quickly to changed market conditions. On the other hand it makes it look like they were just waiting to rip off the design from the iPad2.

At least I question their overall tablet vision if it is so easily shaken by the release of another Ipad.

chakkravarthi

March 22, 2011, 10:11 pm

I do not think Samsung just copied the ipad 2 design, apart from the similarity in the thinness anyone can tell the difference between the two.

I think Samsung has made a great move with making it more thinner with more intriguing honeycomb combined with optional touchwiz interface.

I personally wanted to go for ipad 2 when it becomes available in my country later this summer, now with this release I am clearly considering my options. With little less weight and better tablet optimized interface and more thin device, I really ask why not this one over ipad 2? I know apps may be a plus for ipad at present but honeycomb will definitely catch up on soon in the coming days for sure. I can wait.

Gk.pm

March 22, 2011, 10:13 pm

No concrete release date, "Neither Tab was working at the presentation" and apparently from the articles out there they've dropped any sort of video out port. Poor show Samsung.

weirdwilli

March 22, 2011, 10:29 pm

Nice to see them accepting the competition, the Xoom just isn't appealing to me with it's 10.1" screen, and it just looks generally a bit bloated to me. This 8.9" Samsung tab is the one that will win me over if I decide to go for one, which I doubt I will, but it looks great. Apple is now rumoured to drop the iPad 2 price though, and while it's not by much, it may be a response to these tablets, just to sweeten the deal.

TC93

March 23, 2011, 2:01 am

I find it odd them making all these claims about size and weight, when they don't even have a working model yet of it. Apparently they decided to wait until the last minute to cram it all into a slimmer body? And before this news was announced, everyone was saying it was going to be the same thickness as the Ipad 2... but now magically its slightly thinner.

Unless they have a real working model of it in that slim body for it, then it really doesn't exist. I don't see how they can make any claims about it. Hopefully someone will actually measure it once its released, and test its real battery life.

Stelph

March 23, 2011, 1:49 pm

Amazing...... "shakes head"

Dont make it thinner, make it cheaper! Id much prefer the thicker option (up to 12m) if it meant it had a larger battery and longer life than the iPad, plus price it so its actually competiive with the iPad

TimD

March 23, 2011, 5:16 pm

@stelph 12m thick would allow plenty of space for a bigger battery, but you might need two hands (or a forklift) to hold it.

Alvin

March 24, 2011, 6:20 am

@Stelph by placing a larger batter, there'll be added weight and cost, li-ion doesnt come cheap you know!

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