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
"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
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.