Samsung, as expected, introduced two new Galaxy Tab devices at the CTIA Wireless 2011 conference March 22, a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a Galaxy Tab 8.9--which at 8.6mm is the "world's thinnest mobile tablet," according to Samsung.
Was Samsung Executive Vice President Lee Don-Joo having a laugh when, after seeing the Apple iPad 2, he suggested that Samsung might have to rethink a few things? "We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate," he reportedly told Physorg.com. "Apple made it very thin."
It appears the Korean company had quite the iPad competitors up its sleeves.
"The Galaxy Tab 10.2 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung's constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world," JK Shin, president and head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business, said in a statement. "By combining Samsung's innovations in design and display with our exciting user experience, we've created a new class of products that will lead the tablet market."
Both new Galaxy Tabs run Google's Android 3.0, known as "Honeycomb," feature 1GHz dual-core processors, support HSPA+ network speeds--the flavor of 4G currently offered by AT&T and T-Mobile--and offer WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity. A front-facing 2-megapixel camera and a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera with 720p video capabilities are also in both models.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs just 1.31 pounds, again besting the iPad 2 by a fraction of a pound. A media-savvy device designed for consumers, it features surround-sound stereo speakers and support for Adobe's Flash 10.2--another feature the iPad notoriously does without.
For more, read the eWEEK article: Samsung Intros Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 Tablets at CTIA.