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Galaxy Tab 10.1

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Samsung aims for the throat with a pair of new tablets

When it comes to consumer products, it seems as though Apple is always on a quest to make each generation thinner and lighter than the previous. When Apple announced the iPad 2, it slimmed down to a thin 0.34 inches with weight coming in at just 1.33 pounds (Wi-Fi version). 

Samsung isn't about to let Apple hog all the glory when it comes to thin tablets, and that is clearly the case with its new 8.9" and 10.1" Galaxy Tab. Both are 0.33 inches thin, just barely edging out the iPad 2. The tablets are light too, coming in at 1.04 pounds (8.9") and 1.31 pounds (10.1").

Both tablets are running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), but they are saddled with the TouchWiz UX interface, for better or worse.

Both machines feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, dual cameras (3MP rear, 2MP front), 802.11a/b/n, Bluetooth, and a screen resolution of 1280x800. Both tablets will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Battery capacity is 6000 mAh for the 8.9" model and 6800 mAh for the 10.1" model. 

"The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung's constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world", said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business. "By combining Samsung's innovations in design and display with our exciting new user experience, we've created a new class of products that will lead the tablet market."

Pricing for the 16GB and 32GB 10.1" Wi-Fi models rings in at $499 and $599 respectively -- these models will be available on June 8 according to Engadget. The 16GB and 32GB 8.9" Wi-Fi Galaxy Tabs will be priced at $469 and $569 respectively – no word on availability yet. 

Versions of the 8.9” and 10.1” Galaxy Tab with integrated 3G capabilities will also be available, but pricing hasn't been announced.



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Stylus input.
By VooDooAddict on 3/23/2011 3:03:58 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still waiting for the first of these with solid stylus input.

It amazes me that all these tablets are finger touch and that I need to goto a full and heavy PC style tablet just to get good stylus input.

I'm not asking for perfect handwriting recognition... I just want a light weight simple device with stylus input and note taking capability similar to PDAs from I don't know ... the 90s!!! I don't need full MS Word just to jot down notes and act as a nice PDA. I need something portable with good battery life to take meeting notes and have my schedule/appointments readily available. For now I'll keep using a netbook for that task (as my old Tablet PC is long since dead).... but a stylus input tablet would be an elegant solution.




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