Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v available in Australia in mid-April

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v available exclusively through Vodafone in Australia for $729

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v Android tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v Android tablet

Samsung today announced that its latest tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, will be available exclusively through Vodafone in Australia from "mid-April" for $729 — but for a "limited time only."

Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on, and check out our guide to the best upcoming tablets in 2011.

As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v has a 10.1in display with a resolution of 1280x800. The original Galaxy Tab had a smaller, 7in display, so the new model will compete directly with the upcoming iPad 2, which goes on sale this Friday in Australia, starting at $579.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which has specifically been designed for tablet devices. The software doesn't come with any UI overlays and is instead a "vanilla" version of the Honeycomb OS. Key features of Android 3.0 Honeycomb include tabbed Web browsing, support for 3D graphics, added enterprise features like encrypted storage, a redesigned keyboard, and completely redesigned interface that aims to take advantage of the larger tablet screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v Android tablet also features a rear 8-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a 1080p HD video recorder, a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls, and dual-speakers. The Galaxy Tab 10.1v is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, but there is no microSD card slot for extra storage. It has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, but uses a proprietary charging and synchronising port; the same port used on the original Galaxy Tab.

Like its Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v is made from sturdy feeling plastic, and features a carbon-like finish on the rear. The tablet devices manages to remain lightweight at 599g.

"Vodafone is thrilled to offer our customers the first to market Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1v, operating on the highly anticipated Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' platform", said Ross Parker, general manager of devices and pricing at Vodafone. "The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1v is an exclusive limited edition enabling our customers to experience first the full mobile entertainment experience on the ultimate Android 3.0 platform."

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v will be available for a limited time only, both online and in selected Vodafone stores. The device will cost $729 as an outright purchase which includes 6GB data with a three month expiry, or a $259 upfront payment, plus $39 per month over 12 months. The latter includes 1.5GB of data per month.

Samsung also announced two new tablets in a global launch overnight — a lesser specced version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (with the same name minus the v) and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. Both tablets are 8.6 millimeters thin, making them the "thinnest mobile tablets available," while they also feature Samsung's TouchWiz user interface implemented on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 devices are expected to be available in Australia in Q3, but pricing has yet to be announced.

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8 Comments

DylanX

1

Correction. The galaxy tab 10.1v doesnt have a microsd slot

Mikhail

2

So Australia will be getting a different version of GT10.1 than the rest of the world?

Is this the original one they announced in Barcelona in February?
and not the super thin GT10.1 with TouchWiz UX?

I think I prefer the original one than the thinner one they announced last night. Purely because it has no software overlays and has an unadulterated version of Android 3.0 gingerbread .
And what's 2mm anyways?
I also prefered the carbon like hand grips on the original GT10.1

Mikhail

3

***Android 3.0 honeycomb

Ross Catanzariti

4

Hi DylanX,

Thanks for spotting that mistake - it has been corrected.

Mikhail, yep you are correct. However I believe that Australia isn't the only market getting the original model -- it will launch in other markets through Vodafone as part of a global deal.

Just to clarify again, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v is the original model that was announced in Barcelona in February, and the one that Vodafone is launching in April. This model uses a vanilla version of Android 3.0 Gingerbread, so it has no UI overlay from Samsung.

The one announced overnight is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (without the v). This is a thinner device, with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. It has a microSD card slot (which the original doesn't have), but has lower specced cameras.

Peter

5

Does it come with just wifi as I don't want 3g

Scott Bragg

6

Giving up on Samsung. Although the website specs say it supports 850MHz, this exclusive offering through vodafail means it will probably be crippled to only work on 1800/2100MHz frequencies, so it only barely works in the city. This is what happened with my Galaxy S I-9000 phone, said it could do 850MHz on the Samsung website, and only the I-9000T released by Telstra works on the 850MHz NextG network.

Since this model is the 10.1v you can almost guarantee it will be crippled to only work on Vodafail.

I need my tablet work 1. work in the city, and 2. work in regional Australia. This news fails on both counts.

Chris C

7

The vodafone site itself lists 850MHz and unlocked in its specifications. Given that vodafone is deploying 850MHz in cities now I would find it strange if they continue to cripple the devices. It really is quad band UMTS
http://vodafone.com.au/personal/android/tablets/android-tablet-new/index.htm

Ant

8

but major fail this amazing gadget being exclusive on a major FAIL telco

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