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.