Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Lands in Union Square, NYC

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The first few Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s are about to become available to American consumers, with the tablet touching down at its first U.S. retail location: the Best Buy in Union Square, Manhattan, New York.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1The Union Square Best Buy has a full nine-day head start on both online and physical retailers, which will not start selling the Tab 10.1 until June 17.

Samsung has pulled out all the stops for today’s release, going so far as to bring in Grammy Award winning rapper Ne-Yo for an exclusive performance. The first 50 Galaxy Tab 10.1 purchasers get VIP access to the performance, and the first 100 people in line will also be able to attend. Ne-Yo’s performance did not come cheaply, with Samsung donating $25,000 to The Compound Foundation, the rapper’s charity to aid children in the welfare system.

The first 200 people in line receive a free leather case for their Tab 10.1. Sales start at 12 p.m., and Ne-Yo’s performance begins at 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time).  

Details on the Tab 10.1

The Tab 10.1 will feature the latest version of Honeycomb (Android 3.1), Samsung’s TouchWiz UX interface, be available in both white and black, and be the thinnest tablet on the market. The versions going on sale today are Wi-Fi only (though it’s been reported that a 4G version will be available from Verizon this summer).

The Wi-Fi only 16GB model costs $499, and the 32GB model costs $599. TabletPCReview will have a full review of the Tab 10.1 in the very near future.

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