The Galaxy Tab 2 is finally here.. say hello to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
After weeks of speculation, rumors and leaked information, Samsung has officially released the details of the second generation Galaxy Tab. The announcement was made at a huge special event called Unpacked at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 13, 2011. And boy does Samsung know how to throw a party..
Samsung’s new tablet is called the Galaxy Tab 10.1, where you guessed it.. the ’10.1′ is referring to the device’s stunning 10 inch screen. Many people have been debating whether the Galaxy Tab would make the jump to a dual core processor with the ability to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Meanwhile Samsung has been secretly developing the Tegra 2 chipset in partnership with Nvidia, a dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. This new hardware gives the Galaxy Tab 10.1 the kick it needs to support a high resolution 10.1” WXGA TFT LCD touchscreen, dual camera’s and the ability to record and playback full HD video at 1080p.
Like it’s younger brother the Galaxy Tab 10.1 actually has two cameras, one on the front and one on the back. The main camera is 8 mega pixels with auto focus and flash, while the front facing camera is 2 mega pixels. The 10.1 tablet also boasts dual surround sound speakers, a 3.5mm ear jack, 16GB or 32GB of DDR2 memory, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and an amazing 6860mAh battery.
Dual Core Support for Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Software wise, this thin light weight touchscreen tablet is powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It comes with the Android Market pre-installed, the Android UI/Android Browser, and Google Mobile Service including Google Talk Video Chat, Google Maps, etc. You will also find built in support for Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, and Proximity. The new Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a certified Google Experience device, now running Honeycomb’s native interface instead of the TouchWiz UI. Build from the ground up as an operating system specifically for touchscreen tablets, Honeycomb is a joy to use.
So what sets the Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 (P7100) apart from competitors like the Motorola Xoom and the Apple iPad?
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an amazing multimedia platform. It supports video formats like MPEG4/H263/H264, runs at an unbelievable 1080p Full HD at 30fps during playback, and 1080p Full HD at 24fps during recording. For audio, it supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, and AMR-NB/WB formats. It comes with built in wifi and high speed networking based on the fast HSPA+ at 21Mbps. Dimensions are 246.2mm x 170.4mm x 10.9mm. It weighs an unbelievable 599 grams. It is NFC equipped and has a really nice form factor. At ten inches it’s a little bit larger than the 7″ Galaxy Tab, but it’s quite light and thin and has slightly rounded edges for a comfortable grip. Look out iPad, there’s a meaner and leaner high performance competitor on the block.
10 Inch Touchscreen Tablet for Work or Play
Samsung says this Android device is more business friendly, with built in support for flash and Honeycomb’s native interface rather than the TouchWiz UI. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 willl be launched in Europe and Asia this March through its partner, Vodafone. For now, they have not given a date for the other countries of when they will be available but surely it’ll get there. Samsung hasn’t released any details about the battery life yet but we’ll find out more as the new tablet gets put to some real world tests. The only complaints we heard from the crowd at Mobile World Congress after demo period was the lack of built in USB or HDMI ports, but given the array of Galaxy Tab accessories there will be no shortage of cables and docking stations to hook up this bad boy. So kick up your heels and grab some popcorn, we’re going to watch a movie on this HD 1280×800 10.1 inch screen.
Check out the pictures we have of this high tech device, and we also have videos, Enjoy!
Galaxy Tab 10.1 picture
Galaxy Tab 10.1 Side View
What do you think of Samsung’s latest entry in the touchscreen tablet race? If it was in stores now would you give up your 7″ Galaxy Tab? Post your comments below.
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