updated 05:20 pm EDT, Sun April 17, 2011
Slim Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 given hands-on
Samsung's newly thinned Galaxy Tab 10.1 was given a hands-on Friday (video below) that supported its fiercely disputed claims to having a thinner design. Well-known prototype leakers at Vietnam's Tinhte found the supposedly 0.33-inch Android 3.0 tablet in working form at a trade show and gave it a quick demo, proving that it still had the speed of the dual-core Tegra 2 but did appear to be slightly thinner than the iPad 2. The tablet also appeared to be running stock Android 3.0 rather than the custom live panels we saw ourselves at CTIA last month, although whether that will reflect the final version or was just temporary wasn't made evident.
Some mysteries remain, including whether the thinness has had any significant impact on the battery.
The trimmed shape is coming after Samsung was publicly caught off-guard with Apple's design. It had focused the original, thicker design solely on outperforming the original iPad and had even been planning on charging a price premium on the assumption Apple would have to charge more for its new features. Samsung still plans to ship the thicker model but is now delivering it as an 'exclusive' to Vodafone and delayed most of its production run to claim the symbolic edge.
In the US, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be in shops in early June as a Wi-Fi only model at a starting $499 price for a 16GB edition. [via Engadget]