It’s official! Samsung unveiled today during their Samsung Unpacked Event at CTIA 2011 the Galaxy Tab 8.9-inch and a new improved Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch.
Galaxy Tab 8.9 & 10.1 Officially Presented – Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011
“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.”
The first thing advertised about the two tablets is that they are the thinnest mobile tablets available on the market! The GALAXY Tab 10.1 weights 595 grams, 8.9 version weighs 470 grams and both have 1280×800 resolution displays and are 8.6 mm thin (Ipad 2 – 8.8mm thin). Both Galaxy Tabs will receive Android 3.0 Honeycomb on top of which “Samsung TouchWiz UX” is added.
The new TouchWiz 4.0 will come with a Live Panel menu in which users will be able to customize their content to display a variety of content such as digital pictures, favourite Web Sites and social network feeds. Also an application tray is included which will provide features such as task manager, music player and calendar which can be launched any time.
Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 will be running on a 1GHz dual core processor, will support HSPA+ network speeds of up to 21Mbps, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n/ connectivity, will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB configurations, with a microSD slot that can expand storage by an additional 32GB. In addition, Galaxy Tab 10.1 will come with a surround-sound stereo speakers that “will deliver premium entertainment experience whether watching videos, movies or playing games.”
Regarding entertainment the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 will feature a 3 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, offering a great 1080p HD video and Flash 10.2 playback for a rich entertainment experience. Also both slates will come pre-loaded with Readers Hub and Music Hub “giving consumers instant access to more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspaper (49 languages), 2,300 magazines (22 languages), and 13 million songs”. Those in the Business sector are not forgotten either, Samsung delivering solutions specially designed for enterprise sector developed in collaboration with industry-leading partners such as Cisco, Sybase, SAP and Citrix.
Lastly,Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 are expected to ship worldwide this summer with WI-FI and HSPA+ versions. Galaxy Tab 10.1 WI-FI will cost $499 is US for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and will be available on June 8. The Wi-FI Galaxy Tab 8.9 will cost $469 for the 16GB model, $569 for the 32GB model and will be available earlier this summer. Also the LTE and WiMax versions will be out later this year but price and carriers have not been announced yet.
Please check the photo and video gallery bellow with hands-on included of both devices and let us know in the comments bellow : are Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 the best tablets out there so far?
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 & 10.1 Gallery
Samsung TouchWizz UX for Honeycomb
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 & 10.1 Hands On
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs 8.9 vs iPad2 vs Xoom
Samsung Touchwiz Demo Honeycomb
Hands-On Galaxy Tab 8.9 & 10.1 2nd Hands On Video
Source : Samsung Press Release (link soon)