Samsung has announced the launch of its Galaxy Tab 2, which is also called Galaxy Tab 10.1, at the 2011 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Samsung aims to get an upper hand in tablet market that is presently controlled by Apple's iPad. Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be hitting the markets by Mar 2011 and will offer direct competition to Motorola Xoom tablet.
Samsung has upgraded their first tablet, Galaxy Tab, with a 'tablet only' operating system, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and has also increased the screen size from seven inches to 10.1 inches. Although the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will have a bigger screen than the iPad, it will be lighter and thinner.
The Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS is powered with a Tegra 2 processor, which makes it a powerful rival to Motorola Xoom and HP TouchPad. The new Galaxy Tab boasts of an eight megapixel (MP) camera at rear and supports eight megapixel playback and recording. Another two MP camera is available at front for video calling.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will be available with 16 gigabyte (GB) and 32 GB memory capacity. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and USB 2.0.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Specs & Features
* 10.1-inch WXGA TFT LCD display (1280 x 800)
* Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
* 1GHz Tegra 2, Dual Core ARM cortex processor
* 8MP camera (Full HD, 1080p)
* 2MP camera at front
* HSPA+ 21Mbps
* Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
* Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
* USB 2.0
* Gyroscope, Accelerometer
* Digital Compass, Proximity
* 16GB/32GB memory
* 3.5mm Ear Jack
* Android Market
* Size - 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9mm
* Weight - 599g
* 6860mAh battery
"The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is a valuable addition to our expanding portfolio of smart media devices. Sporting a large 10.1 screen and dual surround-sound speakers, it enables users to enjoy multimedia to the maximum extent without having to compromise the mobility," said DJ Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing.
Samsung is yet to announce the official release date and the price of Galaxy Tab 10.1. We can expect this new tablet to hit the Asian and European markets by March 2011. The launch and price in Indian market are not yet available. Stay tuned for more updates.