Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. announced the two new addition to the Galaxy Tab family. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9. Claiming now to be the thinnest Tablet in the world at 8.6mm.
The official Galaxy Tab 10.1 is different from the one shown at the Mobile World Congress 2011. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 has the new Touch Wiz UX, a Samsung proprietary user interface for Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Unlike the Motorola XOOM which uses the default UI of Honeycomb.
The display is a WXGA TFT LCD at 1200×800 pixels that supports FULL HD playback. Both have dual core processor and it is safe to assume that is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2. The 10.1 version weighs 595grams and the 8.9 @ 470 grams respectively.
“The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are pre-loaded with Readers Hub and Music Hub giving consumers instant access to more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspaper (49 languages), 2,300 magazines (22 languages), and 13 million songs. The devices are also designed with Samsung′s Social Hub, which will aggregate email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface.”
Both Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 will have WiFi only version along with the original version that supports 3G. GALAXY Tabs will support HSPA＋ network speeds of up to 21Mbps as well as Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Prices:
Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi-only 16GB: $499, available June 8th
Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi-only 32GB: $599, available June 8th
Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi-only 16GB: $469, available “early summer”
Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi-only 32GB: $569, available “early summer”
It is pretty exciting to see this tablet, The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and XOOM (WiFi only version) cost at $600 a piece. I see no difference between the two. Availability will decide who will win the the competition. For sure in the US, the XOOM and the Galaxy Tab will go head to head but in Asian market like here in the Philippines Galaxy Tab will dominate since XOOM is not readily available.