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March 23, 2011

Samsung has unveiled two new Galaxy Tab additions at CTIA Wireless 2011, which are both ju...

Samsung has unveiled two new Galaxy Tab additions at CTIA Wireless 2011, which are both just 0.33-inch thin

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Samsung has unveiled not one, but two new tablet additions to its Android mobile product line at Florida's CTIA Wireless 2011. The company has managed to slim down the width profile on both devices to an iPad 2-beating 8.6mm (0.33-inch), claiming the crown for the world's thinnest tablets in the process. The 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab devices both get a couple of cameras, benefit from dual-core processing and come in three storage choices.

Samsung already outed the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab at Mobile World Congress last month, but surprised everyone by shaving off some width for this announcement at CTIA Wireless. After releasing the 7-inch device last year, Samsung certainly looks to be covering all the mobile computing bases with an 8.9-inch version also unveiled.

Samsung's 0.33-inch thin 8.9 Galaxy Tab

The smaller of the two new tablets features an 8.9-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution touchscreen display, is powered by a 1GHz dual-core application processor, and will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors with microSD expansion. It runs on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and gets access to the Android Market and Google's Mobile Services such as Google Talk, GMail, Google Maps and so on.

Samsung has pre-loaded the device with a Reader Hub and Music Hub that gives users access to over 2 million books and over 13 million songs, and a Social Hub brings together email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface. Users also get something called the TouchWiz UX interface, which features a live panel where content such as photos, network feeds and favored websites can be displayed. The interface also includes a Samsung Mini Apps Tray for easy access to commonly-used functions like the music player and calendar.

The device offers full 1080p high definition video playback at 30 frames per second in MPEG4/H263/H264, Divx/Xvid formats and 720p movie recording, the latter courtesy of a 3 megapixel AF Camera with LED Flash installed at the rear and a 2 megapixel camera at the front. There's business-friendly Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support and Adobe Flash Player 10.2 compatibility. Audio from such formats as MP3, AAC, OGG, and MIDI is fed through to stereo speakers or a 3.5mm headphone jack.

This new 9 x 6.2 x 0.33-inch (230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm), 16.5 ounce (470g) Galaxy Tab can operate on HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 networks, has integrated 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and comes with Bluetooth 3.0 technology. Physical connectivity is offered via a USB 2.0 port, the device is powered by a 6000mAh battery, and sensors include a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a digital compass, and an ambient light sensor.

Samsung's 0.33-inch thin 10.1 Galaxy Tab

The 10.1 x 6.8 x 0.33-inch (256.6 x 172.9 x 8.6 mm), 20.9 ounce (595g) 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab shares many of the same features as the 8.9-inch model, but obviously has a bigger touchscreen display – a 10.1-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution screen to be precise. It looses out slightly in the Bluetooth department, getting 2.1 with EDR, but makes gains with the battery, which is rated at 6800mAh.

Samsung has confirmed that the 8.9-inch model will be priced at US$469 for the 16GB and US$569 for the 32GB, and is set for a Q3 release. The 10.1-inch version has been given a definite June release date, and will follow Apple's iPad 2 pattern with a US$499 price tag for the 16GB and US$599 for the 32GB.

More information will no doubt appear on the Galaxy Tab web portal in the very near future.

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8 Comments

Don't mean to be picky here but in this article you mention the "width" as being 8.6 mm.

It looks much wider than that. I'm wondering if you've confused width with thickness.

(L x W x T)

Sk33t3r
24th March, 2011 @ 06:24 am PDT

I have a galagy phone and love it. However it does NOT run flash. Go to a website that uses flash and you are $#! out of luck. I wonder if this device has that same limitation. In my oppinion it is a great big limitation that should be on every box and every advertisement and every article, "object does not run Flash".

Paul Anthony
24th March, 2011 @ 09:45 am PDT

Did Samsung ever fix that Wi-Fi kiss of death bug in their Tab?

These do sound like Samsung has finally woken up and are starting to provide a decent ipad equivalent.

Shame neither come with GPS though.

Stuart Halliday
24th March, 2011 @ 01:59 pm PDT

That may be what is coming out of the mouth of Samsung, but photos of the two devices side by side, say otherwise:

http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal-tech/tablets/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229400221&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_All

The iPad2 is thinner.

TC107
24th March, 2011 @ 11:29 pm PDT

Does it play Flash? Did you read the article? This is running Andriod 3 (Honeycomb) which was designed specifically for Tablets, not phones. Hence, you won't find it on a phone, hence it is not the same OS as your phone. Further, if you were to root your phone, Android 2.0 or later, flash is very much attainable.

Funny you went to great lengths to talk about what "Should" be advertised, when this article specifically said...Flash 10.2 compatible.

Facebook User
25th March, 2011 @ 07:58 pm PDT

@TC107 The Galaxy Tab out for demo's at CTIA where prototypes. The actual production version were in a glass case. The prototypes also had 13MP cameras on the back side. I'm kind of surprised a news site would report something like that but fanboys get defensive.

Eric Grant
26th March, 2011 @ 04:35 pm PDT

TC107 is right. Samsung lied. Not just about the thickness, which got touted around the web and at Gizmag with no corrections in sight, but also about the glowing testimonials they had in their video. It's hilarious watching their "travel writer" who's actually a professional actress telling all about how this tablet made her life so much better. That's a neat trick considering nobody can buy one yet and there's no way Samsung would have let prototypes be used in public on NYC streets.

Gadgeteer
29th March, 2011 @ 08:36 pm PDT

@ facebook user, aha, so it does say that, missed it. Tell me more about rooting my phone.

Paul Anthony
10th June, 2011 @ 08:59 am PDT
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