Samsung has managed to successfully release its Galaxy Tab 10.1, but is apparently struggling with its midsized 8.9-inch model. Reports indicate that screens allowing for the 8.6 mm width are in short supply, and the Tab 8.9 will have to shed its title of thinnest tablet and gain some girth before release.
The Korean tech publication the Electronic Times broke the story, citing a lack of G1F touchscreens as the main source of Samsung’s production woes. An alternative technology exists in the form of GFF (glass fiber filter) screens, but using these screens results in a thicker tablet with a less brilliant display.
Despite the deficiencies of the GFF screens, Samsung has enlisted two component makers for the very job of providing Galaxy Tab 8.9 GFF displays, after discovering that its G1F suppliers were not able to sustain an acceptable level of production.
This means that were will be two Galaxy Tab 8.9’s available: some that arrive as the thinnest tablets ever offered, and others with duller displays and thicker middles. How Samsung decides to handle this odd predicament is anyone’s guess. There is currently no timetable for the release of the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently available for pre-order, and at one lucky Best Buy in New York City. It will become widely available June 17.