As was promised and rumored, Samsung finally pulled the curtain off its new Galaxy Tab models, the new 8.9-inch and the new 10.1 Galaxy Tab.
Both tablets will feature pretty much the same specs, including the screen (of course, with the exception of size), 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 chip and Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. The screen resolution on both devices is set at 1280x800 pixels and we are talking about Samsung's own PLS diplay technology. Both devices are a bit slimmer than the Apple's newest iPad 2 so you are looking at 8.6mm in comparison to 8.8mm on the iPad 2. The devices are a bit lighter as well so the 8.9-inch one will tip the scale at 470 grams while the 10.1-inch one will weigh in at 595 grams as opposed to the iPad's 601 grams.
As far as specs go, you are looking at devices with two cameras, 2MP in the front (3MP for the 10.1-incher) and a 3MP one on the back that will support 720p video recording. The rest of the specs list 802.11bgn WiFi, HSPA+ support, Bluetooth 3.0, gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, microSD slot, USB 2.0 port and a 6000 mAh battery for the 8.9-inch version and a 6800mAh for the 10.1-inch one.
The new, or rather tweaked, 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab, has a different back panel and a 3MP front cam, which is apparently the price you pay when you shave the the device from 10.9mm to 8.6mm. The "chubby" version of the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab will hit the market as well, but the new one should be available as of June with a price tag set at US $499 for the 16GB version and US $599 for the 32GB one.
The 8.9-inch one is scheduled to be released sometime this summer with a price tag set at US $469 for the 16GB one and US $569 for the 32GB version.
Anandtech.com had a chance to take a look at these two at CTIA Wireless 2011 Samsung Electronics show and you can find its hands-on here.
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Samsung shows its new Galaxy Tab tablets
8.9-inch and slimmer 10.1-inch one