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Slimmed Galaxy Tab 10.1 tested, may outdo iPad 2 after all

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]

By Electronista Staff


  1. rogerdodger

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    that iPad has a case.

  1. climacs

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    that's it, I'm selling my AAPL tomorrow AM

  1. MyRightEye

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    No offense

    But that must be THE most annoying language ...

    Though I DO love Vietnam :)

  1. Zanziboy

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    It still runs that crashing Android OS that will eat battery like crazy. Where's iTunes? A decent synchronisation package? Magnetic covers? All those tablet apps? Just one of many upcoming "me too" knock offs!

  1. aristotles

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    Lag everywhere.

    Notice the lag when he rotates the Samsung tablet? I also feel that the widgets on the same screen as icons are makes the screen look way too cluttered.

    Finally, what is up with everything being centred on landscape on these tablets? The front and rear cameras and the sync port are all on the long sides of the tablet. This means that the are focusing on "video" but most people watch the majority of their video on large screen TVs and would probably buy a tablet to "read".

    The iPad 2 is focused on reading as everything is centred on portrait orientation. Video conferencing also makes more sense in portrait mode unless if you happen to be a fat intergalactic gangster named Jabba the Hutt.

  1. facebook_Jeff

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    Big Deal...

    So they shrunk the case. WOW! Stop the presses! It's still a POS computer running an even more POS OS...iPad2 has NO worries....

  1. iphonerulez

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    Trying to outdo the iPad 2 on thinness doesn't

    prove much at all. If they made it twice as thick and it had 18 hours battery life, that would still be good. At least it would show that they're not just copycats. Now they may have a thinner tablet and less battery life. Not saying they will, just saying they're playing it close. Samsung is still going to have to depend on Google for Honeycomb and who knows how battery life will be affected. They're still going to be stuck with very few apps at this point in time and they're not going to have the retail push that Apple has. Unless the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is far superior than the iPad 2, they're going to have to sell the h*** out of it just to get even marginal sales. I think they'll do well selling it in Korea, but I don't know about the U.S.

  1. SockRolid

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    You can never be too rich. Or too thin.

    But you can easily be too crappy. And that's Samsung's (and Android's) fatal flaw.

  1. SockRolid

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    One word.


  1. TC93

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    The iPad has a case on it

    It isn't thinner than the iPad. It's another biased video. You can easily see that the iPad has a case on the back of it.

    The samsung is nice looking, but you can also see in the video that the iPad is more responsive for rotating and swiping.

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