Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (updated)

You might recall that after the release of the iPad 2 Samsung said that they will need to up the ante on design if they want to compete properly with Apple and the iPad 2. It was as if Apple was telling Samsung and everyone else, “let’s see what you’re gonna do now.” Samsung’s reply was “challenge accepted!”

We’re not sure how long it took Samsung to whip up the Galaxy Tab 10.1 spec2 (as we’ve dubbed it), but apparently it was a lot sooner than we originally thought as the newly announced Galaxy Tab 10.1 was given an official release at CTIA in Orlando Florida less than 48 hours ago. We’re pretty sure that you might be wondering what Samsung plans to do with the original Tab 10.1 which has not even made it to markets yet. Samsung reps have said that the company plans to bring both devices to the market.

Now onto the specs, as you might recall, Apple really slimmed down the size of the iPad 2 versus the original model.  We’re pretty sure that Apple didn’t expect Samsung to not only match them but beat them at their game which is exactly what they did. Measuring at just 8.6mm thin the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2. It is also lighter than the iPad weighing in at just 595g.

The device does sport the same display as the older model which is 1280 x 800 pixels and there will be Honeycomb 3.0 although Samsung will officially become the first OEM to customize the OS with their own skin. That said, the demos of the TouchWiz 4.0 UI do seem to add some well needed improvements to Android 3.0 but we’ll leave our final judgment until we actually review the unit which should be sometime within the first week of June.

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