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

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