Today at Mobile World Congress, Samsung will be announcing their first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, called the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Surprise, surprise, the screen is 10.1 inches, but don’t be too jaded by the blatantly unoriginal naming, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 still packs a punch. It’s got a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz, a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, and HSPA+ connectivity at speeds up to 21Mbps. It is also lightweight, weighing in at a mere 599 grams versus the Motorola XOOM’s 730 grams.
This isn’t the first time within recent memory that Samsung has had such a laissez-faire attitude towards their own devices; at CES, they couldn’t even be bothered to name an LTE smartphone for Verizon they were showing off for the first time. I can only assume that Samsung is realizing their marketing is is just as awkward and broken as LG’s and are leaving it up to carriers to connect with their customers.
The device itself is a sensible iteration on the original Galaxy Tab, in any case, which in a lot of ways pushed the Android operating system towards being more tablet-friendly. With Honeycomb now built around that idea, Samsung will have a lot more competition, but it looks like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be able to handle it. The tablet will be available in select markets starting in June. Stick around, we’ll have hands-on pictures and video soon!
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