Samsung is offering proof positive the competition is indeed a GOOD thing with the formal announcement of their new Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablets. Initially unveiled on Feb 13th 2011, the Tab 10.1 featured a thickness of 10.9mm. However, Apple’s iPad 2 put the first, unreleased, iteration of the Tab 10.1 to shame and Samsung has responded with a redesign which brings the thickness down to an iPad 2 beating 8.6mm. The Tab 8.9 shares the 8.6mm specification. In addition to the thinness of the devices, there’s also the matter of weight. The Tab 10.1 comes in at 595g and the Tab 8.9 at 470g, figures which compare quite well to Apple’s 601g weight (in WiFi only configuration).
In case you couldn’t figure it out, the Tab 10.1 and 8.9 sport 10.1″ and 8.9″ LCD displays, respectively. The tablets will be powered by 1GHz dual core processors, which will likely be a mix of NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Samsung Exynos SoCs.
Pricing for the devices has been set for WiFi-only configurations so far :
- Tab 10.1 16 GB – US$499
- Tab 10.1 32 GB – US$599
- Tab 8.9 16 GB – US$469
- Tab 8.9 32 GB – US$569
Without a doubt, the iPad 2 has forced tablet makers to rethink their positions and I suspect that we will be hearing something soon from first out-the-gate Motorola and their Xoom tablet’s positioning and pricing.
Images and details of the previous Tab 10.1 can be found here.
More pictures and detail specs after the jump…