The competitively priced, competitively built Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nearing launch, with its first arrival in the U.S. planned for June 8. The device can play a major role in the tablet market if it manages to match (or exceed) its seven-inch predecessor’s success.
The last reports of the sales figures of the original Galaxy Tab put it at about two million sales (back in Jan/Feb). While there was hot debate over the accuracy of this estimate, anywhere in that ballpark should make the Samsung Galaxy Tab line the second bestselling after Apple’s pair of iPads.
Carrying on the proud Galaxy Tab tradition is the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung expanded the screen, thinned out the middle, and manufactured what looks to be a solid all-around tablet. It will be the first tablet to feature Honeycomb 3.1 at launch, which will be coupled with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX interface.
We first got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Mobile World Congress, and afterward spent extensive time with European version doing a first look review. During said review, one TPCR contributor couldn’t help but refer to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as having “exceptionally elegant dimensions.”
While the big day for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes June 8, when it makes its first landing in the U.S. at the Best Buy Union Square Store in New York City, national availability comes June 17, when the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 becomes available both online and in stores from a number of U.S. retailers. The Wi-Fi 16 GB version of the tablet will cost $499, while the 32 GB Wi-Fi version will retail for $599.
Update: Verizon will start accepting pre-orders for an LTE-enabled 4G Galaxy Tab 10.1 on June 8. This is the first time a 4G/3G version has been confirmed as previously Samsung only showed off the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 10.1. No ship date has been announced, just that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available “this summer.”
The 4G Galaxy Tab 10.1 will cost $530 with a two-year agreement for the 16GB version, $630 with the same agreement for the 32GB version, both $30 more than their Wi-Fi counterparts.