Samsung announces a new Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet and a thinner Galaxy Tab 10.1

23 March 2011 by
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Samsung this week announced the new 8.9 inch Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet and at the same time re-announced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a smaller size

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 announcement 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was first announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. But after the iPad 2 announcement by Apple in the begining of March, Samsungs Executive VP Lee Don-Joo told journalists that "Apple made it very thin". Samsung obviously went back to the drawing table and changed the specifications for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The iPad 2 is 8.8 mm thin while the originally Galaxy Tab 10.1 specification told us it would be 10.9 mm thin. Todays announcement changed the winner of having the thinnest tablet on the market. Samsung won. Both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 are 8.6 milimeters thin.

Like most Android tablets, the two new Galaxy Tabs has a 1 GHz dual-core processor. They also have what some network operators call 4G. Which is HSPA+ with maximum download speed of 21 Mbps. Even though the display size is different, the resolution is the same with 1280 x 800 pixels.

Samsung has added a couple of software features which should differentiate the two Galaxy Tabs from other Android tablets. Readers Hub and Music Hub will give users access to 13 million songs, 2000 newspapers, 2.2 million books and 2300 magazines. Samsung Social Hub merges all communication applications like email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar, Facebook, Twitter into a single interface. Samsung TouchWiz Ux is Samsungs name on a customizable home screen where social feeds, favourite web site and pictures can be arranged with ease.

Common technical specifications for both Galaxy Tab tablets

  • Networks: GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA+ 21 Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
  • Android 3.0 Honyecomb operating system
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Display resolution 128 x 800 pixels
  • 3 megapixel camera, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 1080p Full HD video playback
  • 3.5 mm ear jack
  • Surround sound stereo speakers
  • Samsung TouchWiz UX running on top of Android OS
  • USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n)
  • Sensors: Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light sensor
  • Storage options: 16 / 32 and 64 GB. Expandable with microSD card

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 specific

  • 10.1 inch touch display
  • Size: 256.6 x 172.9 x 8.6 mm 
  • Weight: 595 gram
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Battery: 6800 mAh

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 specific

  • 8.9 inch touch display
  • Size: 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 470 gram
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 6000 mAh

Galaxy Tab 10.1 gallery

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 only 8.6 mm thin
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Galaxy Tab 8.9 gallery

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 front and back
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 side and back

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skblakee10 years, 3 months ago
Oh yes I have decided . Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the Tab. Oh yes. I believe that at the end of the day the Galaxy tab will be one of the better selling Tablets.
Oh yes!
Supa_Fly10 years, 2 months ago
Some may not share that view. creating 3 different tablets and mass marketing them with slightly different specs causes higher manufacturing costs, warranty costs, and well fragmentation amongst target user base. We'll see how this rides out though.

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