new Samsung GALAXY Tablets are the world’s thinnest

Samsung Galaxy Tabs
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just announced this Tuesday are the new tablets, GALAXY Tab 8.9 and 10.1 from Samsung. i was like: “didn’t i just reported the GALAXY Tab 10.1 like last month?” apparently, Samsung went back to drawing board right after the 10.1 announcement during the Mobile World Congress last month and here is the result: a 10.1-inch tablet, together with the 8.9-inch model, takes the world’s thinnest tablet crown – beating the iPad 2 by a mere 0.2 mm. apart from the physical size difference both tablets are pretty much similar to each other. the Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1 both features dual core processing, dual camera set-up and three storage capacity options.

that’s precisely the fear some consumers like me have: a product that keep refreshing and yet, keeps differing in sizes each time. it become hard to catch-up with them, to the point the consumers quit following the brand. consumers worry about support and forum topics for older gadgets die down as quickly when a new product launches. consumers may felt ‘left out’ and subsequently loses faith in the brand. well, at least that’s how i felt. enough of my rambling… let’s take a quick look at their specs:

Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 Technical Specifications

Network HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
OS Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Display 8.9″ WXGA 1280×800
Processor 1GHz Dual Core application processor
Camera Main(Rear) : 3.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera
Video Format : MPEG4/H263/H264, Divx/Xvid
Playback : 1080p Full HD Video @ 30fps
Recording : 720p HD Video
Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker
Enterprise Solutions Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
Quickoffice HD Editor
Value-added Features Android Market™
Google Mobile Services :
Google™ Talk Video Chat, Google™ Maps, Books, etc
Samsung TouchWiz UX
Samsung Mini Apps Tray
Social Hub, Music Hub, Readers Hub
*Availability differs by region
Adobe Flash Player 10.2
Connectivity Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
USB 2.0
WiFi 802.11 (a/b/g/n)
Sensor Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light sensor
Memory 16G / 32G / 64G, microSD (up to 32GB)
Size 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm, 470g
Battery 6000mAh
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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Technical Specifications

Network HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100

EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

OS Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Display 10.1″ WXGA 1280×800
Processor 1GHz Dual Core application processor
Camera Main(Rear) : 3.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash

Front : 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera

Video Format : MPEG4/H263/H264,Divx/Xvid
Playback : 1080p Full HD Video @ 30fps
Recording : 720p HD Video
Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB
3.5mm Ear Jack, Surround Sound Stereo Speakers
Enterprise Solutions Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
Quickoffice HD Editor
Value-added Features Android Market™
Google Mobile Services :
Google™ Talk Video Chat, Google™ Maps, Books, etc.
Samsung TouchWiz UX
Samsung Mini Apps Tray
Social Hub, Music Hub, Readers Hub
*Availability differs by region
Adobe Flash Player 10.2
Connectivity Bluetooth® technology v 2.1 + EDR
USB 2.0
WiFi 802.11 (a/b/g/n)
Sensor Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light sensor
Memory 16G / 32G / 64G, microSD (up to 32GB)
Size 256.6 x 172.9 x 8.6 mm, 595g
Battery 6800mAh

 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 is slated for Q3 release with price starting from $469 for the 16 GB model. as for the bigger and slimmed down sibling, it will be available this June with a starting price tag of $499 for the 16 GB model.