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Right now at MWC 2011, Samsung's just released the first official confirmation of a new addition to the Galaxy Tab family, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Unlike the 7-incher preceding it, the 10.1 packs a 1 GHz dual-core CPU and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Rather like the controversially-priced Motorola XOOM, the 10.1 also includes a 1280 x 800 resolution screen and multiple cameras.

In terms of connectivity we find quad-band HSPA+, A/B/G/N WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1. The internals appear capable of 1080P playback at 30 FPS, so we imagine the internal 16 - 32 GB storage will come in handy for that. Speaking of 1080P, the rear facing camera of the 10.1 is capable of recording 1080P Full HD at 24 fps. Strangely enough, the device does not appear to have  any HDMI ports for easy playback of this content on external displays, but there's the possibility Samsung are thinking of something like the microUSB-HDMI adaptor seen before with the Galaxy S phones.

While the original Galaxy Tab wasn't exactly famous for cheap pricing, Engadget note that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be "competitive" when it comes to the pricetag.

Update: Here is a video of the 10.1" Galaxy Tab posted by Samsung Mobile:

Source: Engadget

Press Release:

Samsung expands the Samsung GALAXY Tab range with a 10.1" Entertainment Powerhouse
Global launch of Samsung's first Honeycomb-based, Dual Core smart media device

BARCELONA, February 13, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a provider of smart media devices and the global leader in Android™ tablets, in partnership with Vodafone Group, today announced the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Model: P7100), a powerful Dual-Core Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Smart Media Device, designed to deliver the ultimate mobile entertainment experience.

"As a leader in the Android-powered tablet market, Samsung is committed to providing a variety of feature-rich, always-on devices" said DJ Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing. He continued, "The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is a valuable addition to our expanding portfolio of smart media devices. Sporting a large 10.1 screen and dual surround-sound speakers, it enables users to enjoy multimedia to the maximum extent without having to compromise mobility.

Patrick Chomet, Vodafone's Group Director of Terminals, said: "Vodafone customers in over 20 markets around the world will be the first to get the GALAXY Tab 10.1 when it goes on sale this spring. Samsung have produced a stylish, market-leading implementation of the new Android 3.0 platform which will be the first Honeycomb device to arrive in many of those markets. Vodafone's competitive data tariffs and reliable, high-speed networks make using the GALAXY Tab 10.1 a great experience."

"Samsung continues to develop innovative products that contribute to the continued growth of the Android ecosystem," said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.
As the tablet market experiences unprecedented interest, Samsung and Vodafone have partnered to cater to customer demand and offer them the perfect way to enjoy the huge variety of opportunities the Android platform provides. Whether playing games, reading eBooks or updating your Facebook status, the lightweight, ultra-slim Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is the ultimate entertainer and builds on the industry-wide success of the two million-selling Samsung GALAXY Tab.

The Ultimate Entertainment Experience

A 10.1" (WXGA TFT LCD) display with crystal clear resolution (1280 x 800) makes the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 an unrivalled device for experiencing the hundreds of thousands of games and applications available from Android Market™. To compliment the amazing visual quality of the device, the GALAXY Tab 10.1 includes dual surround-sound speakers to immerse you even more fully.
The device also includes an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera which lets users capture experiences with the best-in-market full HD record and play as well as easily share them. With the Android browser and Flash 10.1, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is the perfect tool for consuming the world of the internet content wherever you are.

Performance and Speed

Combined with the latest version of Android's tablet-optimized operating system, Honeycomb, Samsung has created a device that is powerful and lightning fast.
The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 includes a 1GHz Dual Core application processor, giving you the kind of fast and powerful multimedia and web browsing experience. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's Dual Core processor, low power DDR2 memory and 6860mAh battery, make it perfect for task management in an energy efficient way.

Maximized Portability

At just 599g in weight and mere 10.9mm- slimness, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is lighter, slimmer and more portable, meaning users are free to enjoy its many features while on the move. With the need to remain constantly connected, Samsung has also included super-fast HSPA+ 21Mbps, Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity to support rapid mobile download speeds and reduce data transfer times.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 will be exhibited at Mobile World Congress 2011 at Hall #8.
For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungunpacked.com/press.

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • Nathan

    honestly i would be excited for this but theres 4 things that turn me off about it.

    1) tegra2 NOT confirmed. all they say is 1Ghz dual core processor. and the hands on video, it lagged a bit, though there could be many reasons for that.

    2) no USB port. not necessarily a killer, but it means that i'll need ANOTHER cable for this. i can't just use the same cable as my phone.

    3) no HDMI. Xoom, G-slate, toshiba all have built in HDMI or hdmi mini ports.

    the only way your going to output this is to buy a 30-pin connector to HDMI, or some form of adapter, so even if the device it self is cheaper, if the adapter is proprietary, your looking at possibly another $30+ just to hook it up to a TV. this should of been built in.

    4) samsung... i know it's a google experience device, but i just don't trust samsung at all for updates.

    • shadowjin

      you forgot to add price! Im willing to give them 1 more chance since they made that "official statement" about accelerating there updates. The deal breaker is PRICE

      • Nathan

        very true, didn't include it since we have no idea what it is.

        Hopefully they'll be intelligent and compete with the ipad in price and not just come up with their own asinine numbers *cough*moto*cough*

        • shadowjin

          lol

  • Eric

    No HDMI is a killer. Awesome look though. As for lag, I assume that it's more from beta software (though maybe the still use RFS /fail). Still, love how they realize I don't want cheap plastic or even aluminum on the back of my tablet. I want something grippy and matte. Even the aluminum on my friends iPad is scratched up from sliding around on it.

    Toshiba is still the tablet to beat imho.

    • Nathan

      it is plastic, but according to engadget it does have a grip to it.

      the plastic is actually nice according to them as well since it makes it lighter than the Xoom or iPad.

      • Eric

        By plastic I meant plastic a la the Galaxy Tab and the Nexus S. Glossy and slippery.

  • Keith

    I hope competitive means competitive with iPad and not Xoom. $800-$1200 for a tablet (Xoom) is way too expensive.

  • Jeff

    I purchased the galaxy tab and am already done with Samsung products. They bring out a new one an this is still at 2.2.

    • Eric

      That's a big reason I didn't buy the tab. With samsung devices, you need a massive buyer base so you have an excellent team of devs. Otherwise, your left in the dust. SGS team has done it well. Tab had nowhere near the support. The SGS2 should be well supported by the community.

  • Beaker151

    The more quality tablets that come out on the market the better the pricing will get. I would like to see another manufacture release more than one tablet at a time to give us options. I find it hard to believe apple is the only one that believes in releasing a series of tablets with a series of options and pricing.

    I also feel its a gamble to purchase a tablet for $800 dollars that is unproven in hardware configuration. Also I know it nice to see these tablets coming with stock honeycomb. But I find it interesting that these manufacures that love to shove there ui on their android phones are not doing it on their tablets. Is this a sign that they do not have faith in the hardware configuration just yet or is honeycomb more complex.

    I feel we might be in for a rocky road as these new tablets are put through the paces.

    • Eric

      I hardly think it's unproven, any more unproven than any other new technology. It's well vetted, and I doubt google would use this as their engineering and reference platform if it sucked.

      As for skins, sadly I don't think this will last long. I think manufacturers need time to make their skins "tablet friendly" and then we'll see them. They just don't want to waste the time for the first one and be late to the party.

      • Beaker151

        Agreed, new software and new hardware on a new platform will have some bugs. How many who knows only time will tell and then we will see who supports their products.

        On the note of not wanting to be late to the party. I rather be a little late and be prepared than rush and not cover my bases.

        Tablets are a new foray so there will very some growing pains.

        • Eric

          My rushed to the market comment was about skins. I think honeycomb is about as bug free and tablet optimized as we can reasonably expect. I was saying samsung has not optimized touchwiz yet, which they can by all means take forever to do and keep shipping it stock :p

  • Beaker151

    Hey dont get me wrong im all for stock. Any customization that is done that the software manufacture does not support only creates more havoc.

    Manufacture skins/ui and carrier bloat ware just bogs down the software and slows down getting new up dates.

  • mike

    despite it being samsung i was looking forward to it....androidSPIN confirms that this isnt coming to the U.S

    • Eric

      "confirmed"

      Lol. That's one of the least confirmed comfirmations I've seen in a long time. They have given no details of a US launch. By their logic, the X2 will not come to the US, when the SGS first launched, there was no word, so there should have been no SGS in the US. Same goes for the SGS2. The Desire HD (which is here in 1 or 2 forms) etc should never have come.