Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet (preview)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 preview: The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is described by Samsung as 'the world's thinnest mobile tablet'

Not to be confused with the Galaxy Tab 10.1v, which is the Vodafone-exclusive tablet launching in Australia next month, Samsung has added two brand new Android tablets to its arsenal, one of which is the new Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 10.1in capacitive touchscreen but it's the physical design of this latest Android tablet that is quite impressive — along with the smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9, the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 is described by Samsung as "the world's thinnest mobile tablet" as it measures just 8.6 millimetres thick.

In addition to its svelte design, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs 565g grams, making it both thinner and lighter than the iPad 2. Samsung says the Galaxy Tab 10.1's ultra-thin form factor, lightweight design and large screen is targeted at consumers who want a focus on entertainment.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, has a capacitive TFT display with a 1280x800 resolution and features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also features a 3 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, and is capable of playing back 1080p HD video, but it does not have a microSD card slot for extra memory.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, which goes on sale in Australia next month through Vodafone, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 features Samsung's own TouchWiz UX user interface implemented on top of the Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' platform. This makes it among the first Android tablets to run a customised version of Google's 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.

Samsung's TouchWiz UX overlay brings a number of new features to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 including a customisable "Live Panel" menu that displays favourite Web sites and social network feeds, an application tray of commonly used features, Samsung's Social Hub, which aggregates e-mail, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections, a mini apps tray and a "suite of enterprise solutions" for business users. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is also pre-loaded with Readers Hub and Music Hub applications that offer more than 2.2 million books, 2000 newspapers in 49 languages, 2300 magazines in 22 languages, and 13 million songs.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will come in six model variants — three with Wi-Fi and three with Wi-Fi + 3G. Both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G variants will be available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal memory.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in Australia in Q3 2011, meaning it should hit our shores sometime between July and September. Pricing and carrier details have yet to be announced.

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