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Last Updated: May 25th, 2011

Just so you're not worried that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet with its single proprietary 30-pin connector (according to Wikipedia, it's not the standard PDMI port) is going to be crippled in the HDMI, USB, storage, and keyboard department, the company unveiled a whole host of [rather expensive] accessories that should satisfy even the most needy ones among you.

Since over 5000 Google I/O attendees already received and inspected every inch of their 10.1s, you may have already seen a flood of complaints regarding the absence of any kind of standard connectors, be it USB, HDMI, or SD. Indeed, during our own first look at the Tab 10.1, I was a bit stumped, placing a lot of hope on the 30-pin connector as the potential provider of the desired functionality in the future.

Thankfully, the tablet was not released to the public yet, so we cut Samsung some slack and started eagerly expecting any signs of possible accessories. Samsung.de, the corporation's German arm, was the first to calm our fears with - count them - 10 peripherals, cases, and adaptors.

Note: Of course, we can't guarantee that all of these accessories will be available in the U.S. and other countries, but this is what has surfaced so far.

Cases

First up, we have 2 separate cases in 2 flavors each.

The first one costs €70 and provides superior protection and kickstand capabilities.

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The second one costs only €30 but is essentially a leather sleeve/bag of some sort.

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A €70 case sounds absolutely insane to me, and I'm truly hoping the price will come down quickly. Even if this translates to $70 here in the U.S., I don't see many of you rushing out to grab this custom piece of plastic on the first day.

As for the soft bag for €30, I just bought this Kensington reversible sleeve for my Tab 10.1 for $5 shipped, and it does the job perfectly. €30? Yeah, I don't think so.

Keyboards/Docks

Next up, we have a Bluetooth keyboard for €150, a keyboard dock with a sound amplifier (oh yeah, the Tab 10.1 needs that badly - the sound is awfully tinny) for €80, and a desktop docking station for €35.

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While there are no pictures of the Bluetooth keyboard available, the keyboard dock looks like some weird old-school typewriter from the times when ZX Spectrum was the latest craze. Compared to the ASUS Transformer's keyboard dock that comes with a battery and costs almost the same, it looks like a joke.

Here's a closer look (this one is for the Tab 8.9, as seen in Russia):

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I'm not sure just how useful the €35 docking station will be, but of all the keyboard/dock accessories above, it looks the most normal.

Adaptors

In the Adaptor category, we have a 30 pin <-> HDMI connector and a USB connection kit (which I think is the only accessory that actually ships with the Tab 10.1). Both cost €30, which is absolutely insane for a short cable with a few wires (did Samsung hire Monster Cable's sales department?)

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Headset

Finally, to finish things off, we have a Bluetooth headset for €50. I don't know about you, but I'm not going to be listening to music on my 10" tablet while running around, at least not enough to warrant a €50 pair of earbuds that will probably lose connection all the time.

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Conclusion

According to the markers placed on the page, not everything will be available at launch, with some accessories showing up as late as July.

So there you have it - 10 accessories you can dress your beautiful and slim Galaxy Tab 10.1" with, one more expensive than the next.

Which one do you have your eyes on? I'm going to go with "none" myself, placing a bet on eBay and custom case manufacturers.

Source: Samsung.de via Engadget

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://gfg Haz

    Samsung is clearly on crack if they think these are competitive prices. Absolutely insane!

  • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

    the SAMSUNG's idea from the beginning... Make it proprietary to have EXCLUSIVE accessories for sometime.. and by the time manufacturers make some custom cases and accessories, Samsung would be already collecting their gold..

  • Sam

    what I would like to know is the type of processor of the tab: will it be a Tegra 2 as it is in the Google I/O Edition and in the 10.1v or will it be the Exynos.

    Because Tegra 2 is really bullshit as it doesn't play H264 High Profile while the home-made Exynos can play my mkv (at least in the Galaxy S II)

  • http://sunkey.co.in/ Satire News

    Lets see how things rolls! but accessories market ain't that big here in India

  • Jahf

    Samsung's accessory prices have been insane for alot of products. Like the Galaxy S phones. Worse ... they took close to a year to actually release them even after having them in their online store ("out of stock") for that time. Don't expect these to all come out on time. Do expect to find equivalent 3rd party stuff cheaper before then.

  • Omega Supreme

    Definitely too expensive. Is no one taking a leaf from ASUS?

  • http://None Louis harsh

    Well I think samsung products are awesome and ill go out of my way to spend a little more for their products because my first tab with them is the galaxy tab and I love it I mean this thing is brick I bet id have it for 10 years if I wasint the type of guy who always has to have the latist thing to come out. I mean common people lets not be affraid to spend a little more for a good product I mean as for that leaf from asus commit all I can say is remember the old saying you get what you pay for my friend not everything with a cheap price is worth your hard earned money..... Just sayin. Thanks samsung and keep up the good work

  • MrStylz

    I've been waiting for this thing for months - but if it is confirmed with no native SD or microSD slot, I'm out. What a joke that they think I'll be buying a USB dongle to use an SD card. Samsung was really stupid to think that they could get out without adding SD support and people will shell out more money for a stupid dongle.

  • Gazzaroonii

    Very much the same strategy as Apple, accessory subsidisation, and much the same pricing. If it gets me a Tablet that's comparable to apple but not Apple, then I'm already happy.

  • Omar Suleim

    Is there any application for presentation like power point

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