by Kevin Gilmartin
Samsung has announced the release date of the long awaited Galaxy Tab 10.1 – and it’s only a few weeks away!
August 4th is the date for the new Android based tablet, just over a month from now, but that’s hardly surprising given that the Galaxy tab 10.1 has been pretty much finished for a while, and was taken back to the drawing board to be re-jigged a little.
In case you missed it, what happened was that Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 back in February, but when the iPad2 was released they took the decision to take it back to the boys in the lab and re-work it a little to compete with Apple’s latest offering. And it looks like they’re going to give Steve Jobs’ gang a run for their money, too.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was initially announced with a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, an 8MP camera, and a weight of 599 grams – lighter than the iPad’s 680. Storage options were to include 16GB and 32GB and the tablet would have been 10.9mm thick.
Following the release of Apple’s iPad2, however, Samsung took the bold decision to retract the above and make the Galaxy Tab 10.1 a little more competitive.
Come August 4th we’ll see a sleeker, sexier looking Tab 10.1 having slimmed down from 10.9mm to just 8.6mm and weighing just 565 grams! The trade off has come at the expense of that 8 megapixel camera. That’s been downgraded to just 3MP, but let’s face it – a 10.1 inch tablet isn’t exactly point ‘n’ shoot friendly anyway, so that’s unlikely to be a deal-breaker for most, is it? There’s also a 2MP frontfacing camera, presumably for video calls over apps like Skype, or Google Talk video chat.
The Tegra 2 processor remains unchanged and a third storage option has been added in the guise of a whopping 64GB option, but even the lower capacity 16GB should be enough to banish any concerns over the lack of an SD card slot or USB input.For the fashion conscious the body comes in 2 colour options, Pure White or Soft Black.
The OS is Android’s tablet-specific Honeycomb and promises “multitasking and Split View support”
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been re-designed in direct response to Apple’s iPad2, but whether it makes as big an impact on the tablet market remains to be seen. It certainly looks the part, and judging by these specs it talks a good game.
Samsung could just bring the first real, credible iPad alternative to the tablet market.