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Samsung shows off 'thinnest tablets ever,' Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Mar 2011 14:34 User comments (8)

Samsung shows off 'thinnest tablets ever,' Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 Samsung has unveiled the 'thinnest tablets ever' today, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1.
The tablets are just 8.6mm thin, slightly beating out the iPad 2 which sits at 8.8mm.

In regards to weight, the smaller tablet clocks in at 16.6 ounces and its larger brother is 20.9 ounces. The iPad weighs in at 21.28 ounces.

Each of the devices runs on the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and have Samsung's updated TouchWiz UI.

TouchWiz brings "live panels" which allow for content customization. The UI also adds an "app tray" with your most used applications. All widgets are resizable within TouchWiz, and the Wi-Fi app is improved, says Cnet.

At launch, however, the devices will have vanilla 3.0, as TouchWiz will be part of a later update.

Each of the tablets run on 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processors, have 3MP standard cameras, 2MP front-side cameras, 1280x800 resolution, and full 1080p playback. Flash 10.2 for tablets is coming soon, although the smartphone version works just fine.

In making sure the tablets are competitively priced, the 10.1 will start at $500 for the 16GB/Wi-Fi model and the 8.9 will start at $469 for the Wi-Fi/16GB model.

HSPA+, LTE and WiMax versions are all coming during the summer.

(Pics via Cnet Review)




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8 user comments

122.3.2011 14:44

all you got to say is maybe they got it right this time let apple release their newest and then come out with a lighter faster tablet for less money now with a droid phone I'll be online all the time ....cell phones that make hot spots on the run are kewl ... now they need to do that with a tablet and Ill dump timewarner all together and get them out of my house... droid wifi to all te toys...

222.3.2011 22:37

I can't say that I would have much use for this...but I bet my dad would toss out his old laptop for one of these...assuming that it worked with his printer/scanner/fax machine.



323.3.2011 4:52

Competitive price tags, starts at $469.
June 8th.

http://bit.ly/f66oo5

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 23 Mar 2011 @ 4:57

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The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

423.3.2011 5:52

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523.3.2011 5:52

My old Toshiba laptop is on its way out. I would definitely see myself going for this tablet alternative. Any alternative to Apple is worth looking into.

623.3.2011 7:24

This cant be a good year for mr jobs.

Hes in court last week over the real player case
Mac book pros keep randomly locking
The iphone 4 only works when you aherm hold it properly

AND NOW their nice new tablet has been upstaged and droids starting to become a real issue.

WELL WELL WELL....

723.3.2011 9:34
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Originally posted by plazma247:
This cant be a good year for mr jobs.

Hes in court last week over the real player case
Mac book pros keep randomly locking
The iphone 4 only works when you aherm hold it properly

AND NOW their nice new tablet has been upstaged and droids starting to become a real issue.

WELL WELL WELL....
And after all that you forget how much money they made.............. nice comment!

823.3.2011 11:55

I didnt forget how much money they made, actually i made light of their pirate like abilities to extort money from customers see.

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