At CTIA in Orlando, Samsung took the wraps off of the new 8.9-inch Android Tablet. Samsung’s CSO and SVP of Products and Services Omar Khan announced the company would break with tradition and give up its final U.S. pricing and availability for the new tabs ahead of schedule.
Slimmer than the iPad 2, the new Galaxy Tab is only 8.6mm in thickness, and weighs only 470 grams. It’s equipped with a 1GHz processor, Android Honeycomb OS equipped with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin, and the 8.9-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
There’s a 5 megapixel camera and forward-facing 1.3 Megapixel chat cam. And, for connectivity, it has HSPA+ 3G, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. Samsung said it’ll be available some time in the summer for $469 for the 16 GB model, and $569 for the 32 GB model.
In addition to being more video-friendly with its larger screen, Samsung is simultaneously positioning the 10.1-inch Tab as “the most enterprise-friendly Android tablet ever,” with support for Microsoft Exchange, Sybase Afaria, Cisco Anyconnect, and equipped with onboard encryption technologies.
The 10.1-inch galaxy tab announced at the CES 2011, will be available on June 8, and cost $499 for the model with 16 GB of storage, and $599 for the 32 GB model.