As Samsung’s Galaxy S II presentation went on (and on), it began to look like they wouldn’t be unveiling anything else, and that hopes of a new Galaxy Tab tablet would go unfulfilled. Hearts dropped even further when they closed the curtains and claimed the evening was over, however they were only playing – the scamps – and there was something else they wanted to show us!
That something was the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and no, you haven’t missed nine other versions and several point-revisions of the Galaxy Tab, the 10.1 refers to the screen size of Samsung’s second tablet computer. As you no doubt know, this represents a step up from the Galaxy Tab’s screen and is a touch larger than the iPad’s 9.7″ panel, and it has a resolution of 1200 x 800.
Running the show will be a 1Ghz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, while the operating system will be Google’s tablet-optimized version of Android known as Honeycomb. The Tab 10.1 seems to share the same camera capabilities as the Galaxy S II smartphone launched earlier at the event, as it has an 8 megapixel lens on the rear and a 2 megapixel video call lens on the front.
Samsung didn’t go into much detail on the Tab 10.1′s features, and the time spent on stage discussing it was a fraction of the attention given to the Galaxy S II. We’ve still managed to gather up a fair amount of detail though, so aside from the main technical specs we’ve mentioned already, the Tab 10.1 is just 10.9mm thick with a 599 gram weight, has a 6850mAh battery, can record and playback full HD video, and has stereo speakers offering pseudo-surround sound. There’s also an HDMI-out port and a microSD card slot.
We’re still waiting to hear when and where the Tab 10.1 will be launched, but we suspect it’ll be a longer wait for this than it will be for the Galaxy S II.