Mar 22 AT 11:16 AM Taylor Wimberly 46 Comments

Samsung announces world’s thinnest tablets, available June 8th from $469

Samsung will not be outdone. Today at CTIA in Orlando, they unveiled their lineup of the world’s thinnest and lightest tablets. Measuring just 8.6 mm deep, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be thinner and lighter than the iPad 2.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was first unveiled last month, but Samsung went back to the drawing board with the design so they could top the iPad 2. In the last month Samsung managed to shrink the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from 10.9 mm to 8.6 mm and got the weight down to 595 g.

Specs wise, it appears that the new Tabs feature the same internal hardware as the last time we saw one. Both Tabs feature a WXGA 1280×800 display, 1 GHz dual-core application processor, 3.0 megapixel camera AF with LED Flash main camera, 2.0 megapixel front camera, and come with internal storage of 16, 32 or 64 GB.

No details were provided on which application processors would be used, but we believe the Tab 10.1 still features a Tegra 2 chip and we hear the Tab 8.9 will use Samsung’s Exynos. Update: Anandtech is reporting the Tab 8.9 prototypes were running Tegra 2.

Samsung announced that both Galaxy Tabs would support 4G HSPA+ 21 Mbps when they launched to be followed by LTE and WiMAX models at a later date.

On the software side, Samsung will include their new TouchWiz 4.0 user interface on top of Android 3.0. The new TouchWiz UX features a Live Panel menu of widgets for the homescreen and a Mini Apps Tray which includes commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player. Just like the original Galaxy Tab, Samsung has brought back their Media Hub, Music Hub, Readers Hub, and Social Hub.

Overall there were not many surprises in today’s announcements except when it came to pricing and availability. Samsung does not normally share this info, but they revealed the pricing details for the WiFi-only versions of the 8.9 and 10.1 inch versions. The cheapest model runs only $469 and there is a $30 premium for the extra inch of display in the larger model.

Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi pricing (available this summer):

  • 16 GB – $469
  • 32 GB – $569

Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi pricing (available June 8th):

  • 16 GB – $499
  • 32 GB – $599

For complete specs and more details visit Samsung Mobile’s site.

Source: Samsung Mobile

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    touchwiz? no thank you.. will get the xoom with Vanilla

    • http://Website dagamer34

      Does it matter. WiFi versions are unlikely to have a locked bootloader, so you’ll be able to flash on whatever ROM you like. At the very least with this announcement and the Playbook pricing announcement, iPad competitors at least have it in their mind that price matters and features will have to be worked on to get someone to buy their tablet instead of someone else’s.

      • BiGMERF

        I am not rooting kind of guy… I have always had vanilla android since 1st day of g1..

      • http://Website AdamJ

        I’m definitely going to consider if it can be rooted and flashed to stock. Or even better if Cyanogen does a 3.0 version!

        One thing that is troubling about all these Android tablets is that if Netflix (or any other video service) choose to only work with a particular processor (eg. Snapdragon). Google really need to launch a video service soon!

      • http://Website Simon

        The Samsung Galaxy S been unlocked and rooted for ages now, and still no stock ROM to be flashed on it. Cyanogenmod has many times delayed release dates to their ROM and now they’ve stopped working on it.

        For some reason, they just couldn’t get cyanogen ROMs working on sammy’s phones…

        That said, i think i’ll go for the xOOM

        • http://Website puit

          Uh, are you kidding? I’ve had my Samsung Vibrant for over a year now and I’ve tried handfuls of AOSP builds for my phone. I’m excited for these tablets like no other.

        • http://Website Ghost

          im using CM7 on my vibrant right now

          • http://Website lin

            How did you install CM7 on the Vibrant. I am very interested in doing the same thing.

    • http://Website bobby

      are you kidding me? It gives you the same ui with the bonus of added widgets, resizable widgets, and more tablet optimized apps.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Think you got it Backwards there Taylor… The 8.9inch is available “This Summer”. The 10.1inchers are available June 8th

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Thanks, got it fixed.

  • Healthy

    yeah dates are backwards (which make the headline wrong too.)

    they look good, but i don’t want touchwiz if it can be helped.

  • http://Website John

    Well, that settles it for me. After watching that 11 minute 10.1 video on Youtube I was dead-set on getting one instead of a Xoom. Now after hearing the release date is June, no thank you. I am not waiting until mid-June for a device that is pretty much the same as the Xoom but includes that awful TouchWiz garbage. The Xoom isn’t as heavy as everyone says it is, is available in 5 days, and definitely has vanilla Honeycomb.

    • http://Website Trisjen1983

      Thats what I said, Im buying one as soon as Sam’s club announce their price!! Why should consumers have to wait 3 months after they announce a product to get it? Stupid marketing..

  • http://Website bob

    Actually they got the weight down to 470g (595g is probably the weight of the Tab 10.1).

  • acupunc

    They look great but. . .
    release date is too far out
    proprietary port–no micro usb or hdmi
    1GHz dual-core hummingbird — looks like that will be a bit behind by release
    The “upgrade” to touchwiz will most likely fubar updates–can’t they add enhancements via apps?!?!?!?!

    • http://Website ThorFolklore

      I think you’ll find that it’s actually 1Ghz dual-core Tegra 2.

      Even the most far out scenario would be a 1Ghz dual-core Exynos but most certainly not Hummingbird. That’s last year’s tech.

      • Taylor Wimberly

        I think the 10.1 is Tegra 2 and the 8.9 is Exynos. That is the reason why the 8.9 will launch after the 10.1.

  • http://Website dumbo

    say what you will about sammy, but at least they have been listening to consumers about pricing

  • http://Website Marianop89

    Go to manage aplication and remove “set as default” and no more TouchWiz…. mannnnn you guys make such a issue for nothing!!!

    • http://Website martin

      i think the other big gripe is that whenever android gets customized it takes longer for an update to roll out for it. even if you dont use it, customizations just gum up and slow the update process.

      • daveloft

        Yes thats right. That’s why the Nexus One had to wait 3 months to get Gingerbread, oh wait, never mind, that’s stock too. I’m sure it has nothing to do with different hardware and everything to do with a launcher, yeah right.

        • teenstech

          And please name another phone that got the gingerbread update before that, or even after that? (other than the Nexus s)

          • daveloft

            Lack of availability doesn’t mean it’s the launcher at fault.

            It’s just manufacturers not putting much resources on updating older devices.

            I have played around with the leaked beta of Gingerbread for The Galaxy S. It’s still a little buggy, but guess what, TouchWiz is on it and it works well.

          • daveloft

            If the HTC G2 or the LG Optimus One get Gingerbread first then the delay just might be from all the custom software put on all the devices. But I doubt that will happen.

  • http://Website martin

    they are directly competing on price, at the last minute i thought they wouldn’t. man that really sucks its another 3 months out. it looks like they did a big redesign at the last minute in order to beat the ipad. if they really did alot of last minute work to beat the ipad (and that they could), it makes me wonder why they weren’t before. if they could make it that thin and cheap, why did they wait for apple to set the bar. given some time they got there.

    it irk’s me that they had to make this as a reactionary product. why couldn’t they be awesome and decide to make it on their own.

  • http://Website anon

    Soon to be out of date software on nice hardware. Where is the stock android option?

  • http://Website midtoad

    “this summer”? Vapourware! these guys look like chumps compared to Apple, which announces a product and ships it ONE WEEK later!

    • rtimi

      You are right, but I think this has to do with apple being the manufacturer and developer. This makes it easy for them. Remember the honeycomb was developed with a generic test device provided by who knows what, and sent to manufacturers to add and adjust it the way they feel. This requires serious testing, especially if it is going to be made for different sizes. I still think however that 3months is just too far and should have made it at most a month.

      this gives apple a chance to recover from shortages and wifi xoom to have some sales effect.

  • http://Website Louis

    Why can’t these people tap in the market for videographers an offer an HDMI input on one of these tabs. Average price for an HD display screen used by videographers is $800 and it’s for only a 6 inch display. Can you imagine using a tab to replace that. If anyone in the samsung tab world is reading this, make it happen!!

  • http://Website Zer0-9

    How much RAM will these have? That could be a real deciding factor in the tablet race.

  • DroidSamurai

    Custom UI, no wifi during launch… sigh … I ended up returning my Xoom. I used it for 2 weeks, but I found no reason to own one for $800. The $599 wifi version sounds better, but still tablet is more an entertainment device — for a single person. I would find it expensive even at $400.

    On the other hand, I am keeping my Honeycomb powered Nook Color. $249 is a great price. The size is perfect for me (10″ is definitely too big for single-hand usage.) Just the last weekend, I got GPS to work:

    Consider that it’s only based on the SDK, I am pretty confident that when the AOSP version comes out, it will be a very viable alternative to the overpriced tablets out there.

    • http://Website spookie

      Honeycomb? I’ve installed Froyo on my nook color. Where did you get the Honeycomb?

      And nook color is a really GREAT tablet! I LOVE it!

  • http://Website NeiRin

    Samsung Unveils GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9, World′s Thinnest Tablets.


    • http://Website Zer0-9

      All the specs you could ask for

      except for the RAM

      • Taylor Wimberly

        I guess they didn’t want to announce the RAM since they were changing around the specs at the last minute. My guess would be 1 GB RAM.

  • http://Website 30 diff?

    Why only $30 between the 10 and 8.9? Seems like they’re missing an opportunity here. Drop the spread to $100 and I just might jump.

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    Finally somebody got it right price wise! This is going to be an interesting summer for tablets. Ipad 2 just got owned imo!

  • http://Website Miguel

    $469 is warming me up. $399 for the Wi-Fi only version of the 8.9in. version and I will bite. The form factor is sweet.

    It is disappointing that this will launch in “summer”. That’s pretty vague. If the G-Slate ends up costing $399 for the WiFi only version, I may jump on that, depending on Taylor’s review of course ;).

    • http://Website Scott

      I doubt the G Slate is going to be anywhere close to 399.99 for a wifi only version, it’s looking like 549.99 on contract, 749.99 off.

  • http://Website Maximus

    When the Xoom was announced followed shortly thereafter by the Samsung 10.1

    I said it will come down to Specs and not pricing at least for me

    The Xoom was always branded as Vanilla Android and That was A Deal Breaker

    Then the Samsung 10.1 came and it 2 was Originally reported as Stock Android

    At the last minute Sammy just had to mess it up!!


    No thanks the Winner for me is the Xoom and in a few days i will be a proud Owner of the Wifi Xoom

  • http://Website Bobba

    Will Netflix finally work on these Android Tablets? I currently have an iPad and really would need Netflix to work to consider switching.

  • rtimi

    You here people say touchwiz this and that, but if people actually checked, they will see that this is the least intrusion of touchwiz. I believe this is so because honeycomb is what android should have been 1year or 2 ago. now this new touchwiz has now polished honeycomb to what it should be.

    Google is trying too hard to be different from iOS, and i think it’s hurting them. I wish that honeycomb will be the new standard for all devices and will include the optimization for different size screens. Developers are going to have a hard time updating their programs to match and therefore would reduce sales. An example of what is hurting apple is the developers push for tablet optimization. The ipad since it came out has only 65,000 apps, yes it way more than android tablet, but the fact that it’s been a year and still not hit 100,000 tells you something.

    I believe we are at a stage where all these mobile software developers have to think like windows where no matter the size of the laptop screen, the application works. I also think apple is making a mistake going from phone OS and implementing it on Mac OS, it should be the other way around since the Mac OS is more polished and just make it finger friendly.

    This is where I believe in the long run windows will win again. Hey before you start with the abuse, it’s an opinion.

  • http://CellPhoneTech Cole Mannuzza

    when is the oringinal for verizon getting 3.0? no fair, i should have waited. i guess its time to go on ebay…. that was 400$ down the drain. the tablet is slower than my iphone!