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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Available now
14th February 2011

NOTE: this device has been revised - read more

The original Galaxy Tab was a compact Android tablet which was nicely built (but expensive) and half the size and weight of the Apple iPad, but in use it felt just like an oversized Android phone.. because really that's all it was. Android was never designed to run on a tablet.. until now, that is.

Android 3.0 (aka "Honeycomb") is the first version of Android designed to take advantage of a tablet's larger form factor, and that's the operating system found in the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. In this context, "10.1" refers to the screen size, 10.1 inches.. a bit larger than the iPad and a lot larger than the original Galaxy Tab.

The display itself is a 1280 x 800 pixel (WXGA) TFT panel, capable of playing back 1080p video at 30 frames per second (presumably with some scaling to fit). Inside is a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor with 8GB of RAM, according to one source within Samsung.

On the back is an 8 megapixel camera capable of 1080p video recording - something of an oddity because the enormous size of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will make it a bit inconvenient to use for photography or taking video clips. There's also a more useful 2 megapixel camera on the front which can be used for video calling.

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 As standard the Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with 3G built-in, including "near 4G" HSPA+ and of course there's WiFi connectivity. We don't know if you can make phone calls with the Galaxy Tab, we can't see why it shouldn't work with a Bluetooth headset.

Because this is an Android device, then it does everything that Android does, including using it as a giant SatNav device if you really wanted. The most practical advantage though is the enormous library of software available through the Android market.

It's a big but slim device at 246 x 170 x 11mm and 599 grams, but that does include a large 6860 mAh battery. There's also 16GB or 32GB of integrated flash memory and stereo speakers for audio playback plus a 3.5mm audio socket too.

Developed in collaboration with Vodafone, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be out by the end of Q2 2011 in most markets. Pricing is not known, but a similarly specified 32GB iPad with 3G retails for about €700, so expect the higher spec Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be around the same price.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at a glance

Available:

Q2 2011

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +

UMTS 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA+ + WiFi

Screen:

10.1" 1280 x 800  pixels

Camera:

8 megapixels (main)

2 megapixels (front)

Size:

Large tablet
246 x 170 x 11mm / 599 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

No (16GB or 32GB integrated)

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Android 3.0

Battery life:

Not specified (6860mAh cell)

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