Sunday, June 5, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 lands June 8, exclusive to NYC [UPDATED]

A few weeks ago we told you that Samsung would be releasing its Galaxy Tab on June 8. What we didn’t know then was that June 8 release would only be for the lucky people in the vicinity of New York City’s Union Square Best Buy.
At Google I/O last month, Samsung and Google gave out limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices to those in attendance. At that time, the super-thin tablet ran on Android 3.0, but consumers will be happy to know that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be shipping with Android 3.1, also known as Honeycomb.
The WiFi-enabled tablet is currently the world’s thinnest at just 8.6 millimeters. Of course, it’s extremely light because of its slim body and weighs only 1.3lbs. It houses a 1Ghz dual-core processor, a 3-megapixel camera with flash, as well as a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for an FaceTime-like video chat feature.
 Samsung has stated that the tablet will receive new upgrades through a software update that includes a “customized user experience” called Samsung TouchWiz UX. This will allow the user to customize the home screen with photos, favorite websites, and social network feeds. It will also include a “Mini Apps” tray for apps you use a lot, like task manager, calendar, music player, etc. These can be launched while other apps are currently being used.
Other upgrades will include Samsung’s movie and TV content service, Media Hub, as well as Samsung’s Readers Hub service, which gives users access to 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers, and 2,300 magazines. The software upgrade will also install Samsung’s Social Hub service, which is useful for aggregating social network connections, instant messages, contacts, calendar info, and email into one interface.


For those of you who are unable to make it to Union Square on the 8th, you can pick one up at Best Buy stores around the country as of June 17th. It will be available starting at $499 for the 16GB version and for $599 for the 32GB version. If you’re set on getting a Galaxy Tab 10.1 on its launch date, you better make sure to get there early as there will only be limited quantities available.
So, will the Galaxy Tab be able to compete with the iPad 2? It’s thinner, lighter, and, unlike the iPad, features full Adobe Flash Player compatibility. Will you be running out to purchase the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
Update: Verizon just mailed out a release stating that their 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be priced (with 2-year agreement) at $529.99 for the 16GB version and $629.99 for the 32GB one. Pre-orders start on June 8th. More info at Verizon Wireless.

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