Samsung's latest tablet device offers a larger screen and runs Android 3.0, specifically designed for tablet computing.
BARCELONA-Samsung kicked off what is likely to be a tablet-heavy
Mobile World Congress convention with the release of the Galaxy Tab
10.1 tablet computer, powered by Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
operating system and offering a 10.1-inch touch screen. Samsung and
Vodafone partnered on the device, designed to compete with a slew of
devices in the burgeoning tablet market, most notable Apple's wildly
The device also includes an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with Auto
Focus and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera which lets users capture
experiences with full HD record and play. With the Android browser and
Flash 10.1 capability, the tablet also offers dual surround-sound
speakers. A 1GHz Dual Core application processor, low power DDR2 memory
and 6860mAh battery power the Tab 10.1. The tablet offers an
alternative to the company's 7-inch screen Galaxy Tab, launched late
In addition, the Honeycomb operating system is the first Android
platform designed with tablet computing specifically in mind. Samsung's
original Tab used version 2.2, codenamed FroYo. Honeycomb is designed
to support larger screen devices and introduces a slew of new user
interface features, including home screen customization, widgets and a
redesigned soft keyboard, and supports multicore processors and
hardware acceleration for graphics.
"As a leader in the Android-powered tablet market, Samsung is committed
to providing a variety of feature-rich, always-on devices," said DJ
Lee, Samsung's executive vice president and head of sales and
marketing. "The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a valuable addition to our
expanding portfolio of smart media devices. Sporting a large 10.1
screen and dual surround-sound speakers, it enables users to enjoy
multimedia to the maximum extent without having to compromise mobility."
Samsung has also included HSPA+ 21M bps, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity to support enhanced mobile download speeds
and reduce data transfer times. At just 1.3 pounds in weight and just
under half an inch thick, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is designed to be
lighter, slimmer and more portable than the previous tablet. The device
comes with the option of 16GB or 32GB of storage.
Patrick Chomet, Vodafone's group director of terminals, said the
company's customers in more than 20 markets around the world will be
the first to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1 when it goes on sale this spring.
"Samsung have produced a stylish, market-leading implementation of the
new Android 3.0 platform which will be the first Honeycomb device to
arrive in many of those markets," he said. "Vodafone's competitive data
tariffs and reliable, high-speed networks make using the Galaxy Tab
10.1 a great experience."
Samsung has becoming something of a standard-bearer for Android
tablets, following heavy promotions and the launch of the Galaxy Tab in
dozens of countries, selling more than 2 million units. During the
first half of 2011, IT research firm Strategy Analytics expects the
Android OS to continue accounting for larger portions of the market.
Earlier this year, IDC forecast 44.6 million tablets to ship in
2011-with U.S. sales accounting for nearly 40 percent of the total-and
grow to 70.8 million units in 2012.