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Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 10.1 Next Week (Sort Of) Full Rollout June 17th

Samsung's Omar Khan Shows Off The Galaxy Tab 10.1 At CTIA 2011 photo: tdg llc

When Omar Khan stood onstage to announce the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it’s release day that was a big commitment to stick too.  Samsung had never done that in the past but Khan did just that announcing to all the media in the room that the newly revamped, thinner, lighter, better, Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be available on June 8th 2011.

So, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available on June 8th 2011 exclusively at the Union Square Best Buy in New York City, during the middle of Internet Week New York.  The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available to the masses on June 17th via Best Buy (both online and in store), Fry’s Electronics, Amazon, TigerDirect, New Egg and Amazon with more retailers to follow.

Samsung has made some enhancements to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was released in Europe earlier in the year. The most notable is size.  The version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that will hit the United States comes in at an impressive 8.6mm and 1.25 pound making it the thinnest and lightest  tablet commercially available (including the iPad 2).

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Samsung is also rolling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 out with Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The newest version of Honeycomb adds both Google Video and the ability to use more external accessories including usb keyboards, mice and joysticks.

“Ensuring that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 launched with Android 3.1 Honeycomb was part of our constant commitment to meeting the needs of our customers,” said Dale Sohn, President and CEO of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy Tab 10.1’s ultra-thin design and 10-inch touchscreen are impressive differentiators in the tablet market place. We’re going to make the Galaxy Tab 10.1 even more powerful, entertaining and secure through a series of upgrades coming to this device.”

Samsung says they plan on upgrading the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a series of software upgrades which include Touch Wiz , Samsung Media Hub, Readers Hub & Social Hub and Content Sharing capabilities.  It appears by the release and talking with a few people at Samsung that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will come with a Vanilla Honeycomb experience. We are waiting to hear back as to whether these updates are optional.

Source: Samsung Mobile

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