Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android Tablet
Silly us for thinking that the follow-up to Samsung's Galaxy Tab Android tablet would be called the Galaxy Tab 2. Apparently, Samsung decided to call it the Galaxy Tab 10.1 instead.
Samsung has released the official details for its next Android tablet, and it seems the 10.1 comes from the size of the display (10.1 inches compared to the original's 7 inches ), which has 1280 by 800 pixel resolution. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also sports the brand new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, first demoed on the Motorola Xoom.
"As a leader in the Android-powered tablet market, Samsung is committed to providing a variety of feature-rich, always-on devices" said DJ Lee, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Samsung, in a company statement. "Sporting a large 10.1 screen and dual surround-sound speakers, it enables users to enjoy multimedia to the maximum extent without having to compromise mobility."
Inside Samsung's new tablet runs a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor that will come in two versions, one with 16 GB of storage and the other with 32 GB. The rear camera is 8 megapixels while the front camera is 2 megapixels and capable of video chat. Other standard features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and accelerometer are all there, too.
The overall design seems a bit more sleek than the original Galaxy Tab, with a matte black rear cover and silver highlights. It's even lighter than the Apple iPad and the Motorola Xoom.
Surprisingly, Samsung has said it will not make a unique skin for the Honeycomb interface. Normally, the company puts its own TouchWiz skin on Android devices, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will apparently remain stock Honeycomb.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will launch in March for Asia and Europe, but Samsung has not announced a price or release date for American consumers. Samsung said the price would be "competitive," but with Motorola and others setting $700 and $800 price tags on their tablets, it's unlikely competitive will necessarily mean cheap.