Samsung kicked off Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with a bang, announcing the fittingly named Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the successor to what we dubbed the “first best Android tablet,” the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Unlike its seven-inch predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run the true Honeycomb OS with no customization or TouchWiz UI, just pure Android Honeycomb. As the moniker indicates, it will feature a 10.1-inch TFT display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor. It will come in 16GB and 32GB varieties, and feature a front-facing two-megapixel camera and eight-megapixel rear.
For connectivity, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will feature b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The new Galaxy Tab will also support 1080p video playback at 30 frames per second and record 1080p video at 24 frames per second. For audio, it will have dual-surround speakers. The Tab 10.1 will feature a gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, and proximity sensor.
Finally, the 10.1 Tab will measure .4-inches thick and weight just under 1.25 pounds.
Samsung claims it will launch in Europe in March, coming to Vodafone first. Samsung did not say when it will ship Stateside, or which carriers will support it. Samsung was also silent on pricing, only saying it will be competitive. Rumors indicate the similar Motorola Xoom will cost $800 at launch.
Like the Xoom
At least on paper, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is very similar to the Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, and Toshiba Next-Gen tablet, as all of those Android tablets run Honeycomb, have a 10.1-inch display and sport Tegra 2 processors. However, it seems manufacturers are pushing small device differences to attract buyers. For example, the Toshiba Honeycomb tablet will have a removable battery, while the others will not, and the LG G-Slate will feature 3D playback and recording functionality.
In addition to the original Galaxy Tab, which launched in America only last November, Samsung announced an upcoming Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab and 4G Galaxy Tab at CES, both expected to ship in Q2. Also, Samsung turned heads at CES with its Windows 7-powered Sliding PC 7 Series, which is also expected to ship in March.
TabletPCReview has boots on the ground at MWC and plans to file a full hands-on report on the latest Android tablet. If the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is any indication of the tablet announcements upcoming for this mobile tradeshow, it’s going to be a busy week.