Samsung has officially unveiled the spanking new Galaxy Tab 8.9 at the CTIA Wireless event in Florida. Of course, we knew that was on the cards thanks to some not-so-subtle “78910” teasing.
The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 has also been modified slightly since we last saw it at Mobile World Congress. Most notably, it has a higher screen resolution and improved social networking integration.
The new Galaxies are near-identical on the specs front. They’ll be the slimmest tablets on the market, at just 8.6mm, with 3MP cameras on the rear and 2MP front-facing. They’ll have 1280x800 displays, compared to the iPad 2’s 1024x768. As expected, they’ll both rock Honeycomb (Android 3.0).
Samsung has all bases covered in terms of size. The new 8.9 and 10.1in Galaxy Tabs join the existing 7in model. Omar Khan, senior vice president of products and technology, said: "At Samsung we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all strategy.”
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will ship first, on June 8 in the States. Here are the all-important prices:
- 10.1in 16GB Wi-Fi only -$499
- 10.1in 32GB Wi-Fi only - $599
Interestingly, that means it'll be the same price as the iPad 2. The 8.9in model will ship in early summer, priced as follows:
- 8.9in 16GB Wi-Fi only - $469
- 8.9in 32GB Wi-Fi only - $569
Release date and pricing are still to be confirmed for the UK.