After weeks of speculations what the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will look like, Samsung finally lifted the veil today, February 13, 2011 at the MWC in Barcelona. The device is called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and as you may think, it is a 10-inch tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Samsung promises a real “Google experience” and having a look at the Honeycomb UI, it is obvious that they sat together with the Google guys to pack a really nice tablet.
Let’s have a look at the pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1:
And these are the specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1:
|Specs||Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1|
|Processor||Nvidia Tegra 2 / 1Ghz / Dual Core|
|RAM||DDR 2 (I think it will be 1GB)|
|Screen||10.1 / 1280 x 800 / WXGA / TFT / capacitive multitouch|
|Storage||16GB or 32GB|
|A/V In||Front (2MP) and rear facing camera (8MP) with LED flash / 1080p full hd video recording|
|A/V out||headphones / stereo speaker|
|Network||Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G (HSPA + 21Mbps/Edge/GPRS)|
|Connectors||USB 2.0 / 3.5mm audio / Dock Connector|
|Sensors||gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity|
|Extras||Android 3.0 Honeycomb / SIM Card Slot / Android Market|
|Size / Weight||246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9mm / 599g|
|Price Range||yet unknown, will be distributed through carriers as the first Samsung Galaxy Tabs|
Slowly we are getting used to see wonderfully packed Android tablets. A year ago I would have been in total ecstasy seeing a device like this but now it is just real.
Let’s pick out some points:
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems to be a good successor for their first tablet which they say was sold pretty good. Samsung decided to make a bigger screen size, even if many people said they’d prefer a smaller screen. But to be honest, 10-inch is just good in my eyes. Being 10.9mm thick, it is just a bit thinner than the Motorola Xoom. This means it fits even better in your backpack.
Connectivity seems to be great and what I also like is the SIM card slot for easy removing the SIM. It is just a pity that they will sell it through carriers again, because many of us already own a second SIM card or mobile internet contract.
I am sure we will pretty soon see how the hardware performs.
Video comes from phonedog.com:
And the next video is from computershopper.com. It shows the snappyness of the Google Maps App. That’s pretty impressive too:
Another video from computershopper.com provides a little look into the picture galleries…
Finally, highly appreciated Sascha from netbooknews.com fought his way through the crowds to get his hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
He tested both cameras (quite impressive) and had a look at the email solution:
You see, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is more than just a big Android phone. In all videos you see that it is hyper-snappy. Unfortunately this snappyness will have a price. I doubt that it will be cheaper than a Motorola Xoom (800$) or an iPad.
Another weak point could be the display. It is glossy as a mirror and there is no option for a pixel QI screen what would save a lot of battery power. I my eyes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be a tablet principally designed for home use. I still wait for a fast 400$ Honeycomb tablet with an intelligent display solution…