Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tablets to be Lighter and Thinner than iPad 2

March 23, 2011
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    Samsung has officially announced the release of their latest tablets at CTIA 2011 in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday.

    The latest Samsung tablets the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Tab 8.9 claim to be the “world’s thinnest tablets” at just 8.6mm thin. By comparison, the iPad 2 is just a hair thicker at 8.8mm. The new 10.1 is not to be confused with the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was introduced at Mobile World Congress in February. Samsung decided kill their original prototype and revamp their design to better compete with the Ipad 2.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab VS Ipad 2

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be released on June 8, selling for $499 and $599 for 16GB and 32GB models, respectively.

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be released “early this summer”, selling for $469 and $569 for 16GB and 32GB models, respectively.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab New Thinner Design

    The old 10.1 on the left and the new 10.1 on the right (image via anandtech.com)

    The Specs:

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android Tablet

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1:

    • 10.1 inch screen
    • Dimensions: 1.3 pounds and 0.34 inches thick (lighter and thinner than the iPad 2)
    • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
    • Cameras: 3 MP rear and 2 MP front-facing with 720p video and LED flash
    • 1 GHz dual core processor
    • 16 GB ($499) or 32 GB ($599) wifi-only models
    • USB 2.0 and Bluetooth

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9:

    • 8.9 inch screen
    • Dimensions: 1.04 pounds and 0.34 inches thick
    • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
    • Cameras: 3 MP rear and 2 MP front-facing with 720p video and LED flash
    • 1 GHz dual core processor
    • 16 GB ($469) or 32 GB ($569) wifi-only models
    • USB 2.0 and Bluetooth

    Hands-on Videos

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Inch Hands-On

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Inch Hands-On

    Hands on videos via Youtube, courtesy of Phandroid

    Header Photo credit: Bonnie Cha/CNET News

    Comments

    • midtoad

      you need to write “lighter and thinner THAN iPad”.

    • Joel V

      The new Galaxy Tab is ridiculously thin! I love how Samsung redesigned the tablet right after the iPad 2 was released. As soon as they release this tablet I am going to be first to get one! It looks simply beautiful. After I get my Galaxy Tab, I am going to download the DISH Remote Access app. Using this app and the 722k receiver with a Sling Adapter, I can stream live TV and my recordings to my tablet. As a customer and employee of DISH Network, I can say that this app will look beautiful on the Galaxy Tab! I am so excited to get one, I can hardly wait!

    • Global

      I don’t like the Battery Specs on the smaller model. I wish they would give the option for a heavier battery 6000 vs. 8000 mAh is a huuuge difference and would be most noticeable on the smaller unit.

      3-4 hours does not cut it. If this isn’t a solid aggressive 5-6 hours of play, then the designers are failing. Add a bit of weight. Add a bit of thickness — give us battery life for cripes sake.

      Things should not get thinner and thinner without getting better battery life first and foremost. They say “10-hour” but thats passive — it means 3-4 hours at best of active use. When we have “8-hour ACTIVE USE” capability then I will take the most slender version. Until we have 8-hours active push use, then for god’s sake double the thickness of the battery!

    • richard

      Im confused, which one is real, 8MP camera or 3MP camera offered by samsung?

      • Darcy Alexander

        Hi Richard,

        Initially the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was introduced with an 8MP camera, but has since been revised to feature a 3MP rear camera. Hope that helps.

    • sasuke

      are there USB and HDMI ports?

    • Fizz

      Horrible camara handling..

    • Darn

      Actually….. They saw the motorola xoom,coming with a 5 mega pixel camera & front facing 2 mp camera…..

      So they lied by sayin that… It’s equipped with a rear facing & a front facing 5mp ,2mp camera respectively….

      Many of the people came to know this fact after buying it… Lol

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