The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 first popped up six months ago. Six months ago tomorrow, to be precise. It’s been a rocky road for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and indeed Apple is doing its damndest to push the super-slim tablet off the proverbial road for good.
With this week’s crazy developments, I figured I’d take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s colourful history. Set your time machines for February 13, 2011AD, Barcelona.
Samsung debuted its 10.1in Galaxy Tab at Mobile World Congress. Of course, it didn’t come as much of a surprise, thanks to a leaked Samsung/MWC slide at the end of January. We also knew to expect the Samsung Galaxy SII.
We were initially quite impressed when we played with the Honeycomb-running Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It had an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing at a time when the iPad was cameraless, and was a fair bit lighter than the other big Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom.
But following the iPad 2’s unveiling at the beginning of March, Samsung’s VP, Lee Don-Joo, was said to be concerned about the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s apparent chunkiness. Responding to those rumours, Don-Joo said: “We will continue to make every effort to provide the most powerful, well-designed and productive mobile device to customers.”
At that time, it was expected that Samsung would plow on with the 10.1in chunk-a-tron, and possibly address the slim factor with the 8.9in Galaxy Tab it was hinting at quite heavily (“What’s your Tab life? 78910” didn’t leave much to the old imagination).
Fast forward a few weeks to the CTIA Wireless event in Florida. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 was indeed revealed, but the last thing we expected to see alongside it was a completely redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1.
This new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was 2.3mm thinner with a 1280x800 resolution, making it skinnier and more, erm, resolute than the iPad 2, however the rear camera dropped significantly from 8MP to a more modest 3MP.
Shortly afterwards, Vodafone confused things a little further by confirming that it’d stock the original 8MP Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the UK, not the new slim version. It’d be called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V. However, that didn’t materialise, and the network ultimately opted to go with Slim Jim. Phew.
We were all aware of Samsung and Apple’s legal battle over in the States, wherein the Californians essentially claimed that the South Koreans had ripped off the iPhone and iPad. But earlier this month the battle moved Down Under.
Initial reports suggested an injunction had prevented Samsung from releasing the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, however Sammie explained: “Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the Federal Court of Australia involving a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 variant that Samsung Electronics had no plans of selling in Australia.
“No injunction was issued by the court and the parties in the case reached a mutual agreement which stipulates that the variant in question will not be sold in Australia.
“A Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future.”
That came just days before the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s arrival in the UK. It was said to be selling like hotcakes, but a preliminary injunction from Apple looks set to derail the tablet. Samsung will appeal the decision of course (indeed, Sammie claimed it didn’t know anything about Apple’s complaint until the injunction was served), but the fate of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remains to be seen.
In the meantime, you can always head over to Dixons. I kinda want one.