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Samsung Announce 8.9 and 10.1-Inch Galaxy Tab Models, One-Up the iPad 2

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At CTIA this morning, Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 and they're actually looking pretty darn good - definitely a huge improvement over the 7-inch Galaxy Tab of last year. Both of these tablet are actually being marketed as the "world's thinnest mobile tablets" at just 8.6mm thick. For comparison's sake, the iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick so it's definitely quite the feat for Samsung to one-up Apple like that. On both tablets you'll find a 1,280 x 800 resolution PLS display (higher than the iPad 2), a dual-core 1GHz CPU (faster than the iPad 2), a 2MP front-facing camera, WiFi a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 3.0 support, a microSD card slot, a rear-facing 3MP camera, HSPA+ capabilities, dual speakers, Flash 10.2 support, and a battery life of up to 10 hours (6,800mAh battery on 10.1-inch model; 6,000mAh on the 8.9-incher).

Over top of "some of the models" "Honeycomb" will be skinned with what Samsung is calling Touchwiz 4.0. It seems like they just waited for Apple to release their iPad 2 then change up their own tablet accordingly. The 8.9-inch model weighs 470 grams while the 10.1-inch one is now 595 grams. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to launch in "early Summer" for $469 (16GB) and $569 (32GB), while the larger 10.1-inch model is going to be available on June 8th for $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB) - right on pace with the iPad 2.


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