At yesterday’s Samsung event, the Galaxy S II was featured the most, but Samsung had a “one more thing” moment and decided to make the previously leaked Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 official as well. Although not much time was dedicated to introducing it, at least not compared to the Galaxy S II, the 10.1 Tab is a very worthy contender in the tablet space, as it follows in the footsteps of what many have called the first decent Android tablet – the original Galaxy Tab.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1-inch screen, as you’d expect, and the 1280×800 resolution means that everything is sufficiently sharp (although the screen is an incredible fingerprint magnet). Choosing a Tegra 2 processor over its own solutions is an interesting decision from Samsung, but then again Tegra 2 is the ‘main’ platform for Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
Unlike the Galaxy S II, there’s no TouchWiz anything here. There’s actually absolutely no trace of Samsung in the software whatsoever. Of course, that may be because they haven’t had time to port their UI overlay to Honeycomb, or it just may be that Google’s default UI is simply good enough (or even great). The Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs ‘vanilla’ Honeycomb, and as such is a ‘Google experience’ device.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is slim, but not as slim as its smartphone cousin, although it has the same kind of patterned plastic back plate which has a faux-metal feel. The shape of the back here, with two big curvatures, really helps when handling the device in landscape mode, and the tablet is quite light too at 599 grams, especially considering that it has a very big battery.
Here’s a demo video of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, straight from MWC in Barcelona:
As you can undoubtedly see, the screen is anything but matte, and it’s also quite adept at attracting (and keeping) fingerprints. Because of these issues, the video really doesn’t do the screen any justice – in person it looks a lot better.
Performance-wise, apart from a few crashes here and there (one of which also appears in the video when trying to open a book), things looked snappy, as you’d expect from the Tegra dual-core processor. Do note that the software seen here isn’t final, so things will surely improve before the Tab ships.
Here are some more pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1:
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