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Will come with Android 3.1 out of the box

We first caught a glimpse of Samsung's larger follow-up to its fairly successful 7-inch Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, back in February. With its 10.1-inch display (1280 x 800), dual-core 1GHz processor, HSPA+ connectivity, and 3MP/2MP cameras, the larger iteration of the Galaxy Tab appeared to be a fairly decent addition to the Android Honeycomb-based tablet lineup, if nothing too exciting or different.

Then, at CTIA, Samsung dropped the news that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (along with the smaller 8.9-inch version) would be even thinner and lighter than the iPad 2 — at 0.33 inches thick and weighing 1.31 pounds. 

While the rumored launch date for the new tablet from Samsung is June 8, the company posted this tweet on its official Twitter page Monday:

What is 10.1 inches of Android 3.0 Honeycomb delight? Only a few days away! Sign up NOW -" rel="nofollow

And while the tweet references Android 3.0, the official webpage of the Samsung Tab 10.1 now lists Android 3.1 as the tablet's out-of-the-box operating system. (It also updates the device's thickness to 0.34 inches, which would match the iPad 2.)

The device will reportedly come in 16GB and 32GB iterations, with Wi-Fi-only models priced at $499 and $599 respectively. No official announcement regarding 3G-integrated versions has been made, although those are expected at some point in the future, as well.

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By SirKronan on 5/25/2011 4:08:49 PM , Rating: 1
The only way to make this a big win is to beat Apple not only in features but in PRICE as well. Other than some part shortages, the Eee Pad Transformer sold out repeatedly in many stores. It has become a successful product for Asus, and will end up helping Android become much more popular, which will in turn attract even more developers to develop tablet compatible apps for Honeycomb devices. That is the way to win. The Eee Pad Transformer trades blows with the iPad two in specs, form factor, features, etc. but it cleans its clock in the price realm. It's $100 cheaper.

The Xoom was slightly better than the iPad, and $100 more expensive. It flopped, regardless of being a great device. If samsung offers a device "as thin as the iPad 2" with a couple of extra nice features here and there, like a more open OS and a better camera, that's great. But it's the SAME PRICE. There are still not nearly as many apps, and there won't be until more devices are out there for developers to make applications for. So what do they need to do to sell well? They've got to undercut apple on price. There are quite a few people considering tablets who refuse to buy anything with an apple symbol on it, but there are vastly more people out there considering tablets that would PREFER to have an apple logo on it. The people in the middle would definitely be more easily swayed with a better price, hence the success of the Asus Transformer.

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