Samsung Mobile today announced the retail availability of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, starting June 8.
The WiFi-enabled tablet measures at just 8.6 millimeters slim, making it the thinnest mobile tablet currently available in the world. The 32GB version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition will be available for $599, while the 16GB version of the device will be available for $499.
A limited quantity of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition will be available for purchase exclusively at the Best Buy Union Square store in New York City on June 8. Best Buy customers will be also able to pre-order the Galaxy Tab 10.1 online or in-store beginning that day.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb and it designed with a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display with WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity , it includes a Nvidia Tegra 1GHz dual core application processor and its 7000 mAh battery provides up to 9 hours of continuous use on a single charge. The device also ffers extensive Web browsing access through Adobe Flash Player compatibility.
It is the thinnest mobile tablet currently available in the world, measuring in at an ultra-slim 8.6 millimeters. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also boasts an incredibly light weight of just 1.25 pounds (565 grams).
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also receive new upgrades through a software update that users can access over the air in the near future. Those upgrades are currently scheduled to include:
- Samsung's TouchWiz user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu for customizing the home screen of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with digital pictures, favorite Web sites and social network feeds. In addition, the TouchWiz UX includes a "Mini Apps" tray of commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player which can be launched while other major applications are already in use.
- The Galaxy Tab 10.1 software upgrade will introduce Samsung's movie and TV content service, known as Media Hub. Media Hub has been redesigned with a new user interface for even easier downloads of rented or purchased content. The new version of Media Hub also includes an HD Extender which allows the user to playback Media Hub content on TV through an HDMI cable from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 dock or adaptor.
- The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also gain access to Samsung's Readers Hub service, which is a book, magazine and mewspaper library. Also, the software upgrade will install Samsung?s Social Hub service, which aggregates email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface.
In addition, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 integrates several enterprise solutions including on-device encryption of user data, Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync Support, Cisco AnyConnect SSL VPN
and F5 SSL VPN.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also receive Samsung's Allshare service, for content transfer between the tablet and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTV?s, monitors and digital cameras. The software upgrade will also transform the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 into a device capable of accepting streaming content from a TV to the tablet itself.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition will be available exclusively starting June 8 at the Best Buy Union Square location in New York City. Starting June 17, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available at Best Buy online and in-store along with Fry's Electronics, Amazon.com, Micro Center, Tiger Direct and Newegg. These retail outlets will have the 32GB version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition available for $599, and the 16GB version of the device will be available for $499. In addition, the WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available through Sprint starting mid-summer 2011.