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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi Also Announced in Two Sizes, Available on June 17 for $499 and $599

The 4G LTE version of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was just announced by Verizon, but we’re pretty sure this WiFi model is the one you really wanted to hear about, right?  With the availability of two sizes (16GB and 32GB), you can grab the “world’s thinnest mobile tablet” for just $499 and $599 (and yep, that’s without a contract).  It’ll pack all of the same goodies as the Big Red version, well except for those 4G and 3G radios of course.  But it will come pre-loaded with Android 3.1, that beautiful 10.1″ screen, dual-core processor, and dual cameras.  You can pick one up on June 17 at Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, Amazon.com, Micro Center, Tiger Direct and Newegg – or on June 8 in NYC at Best Buy’s Union Square store.

This, without a doubt is the tablet to beat right now.  

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, World’s Thinnest Mobile Tablet, Makes Official Landing in U.S.

Premium Android Honeycomb Tablet with Ultra-slim, Lightweight Design and Brilliant 10-inch Touchscreen Available Exclusively at Best Buy Union Square Store in New York City Starting June 8; Available Nationwide Starting June 17

DALLAS, June 2, 2011 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.[1], and Samsung Electronics America, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the upcoming retail availability of the Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, starting June 8. The WiFi-enabled tablet measures at just 8.6 millimeters slim, making it the thinnest mobile tablet currently available in the world. The 32GB version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition will be available for $599, while the 16GB version of the device will be available for $499.

A limited quantity of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition will be available for purchase exclusively at the Best Buy Union Square store in New York City on June 8. Best Buy customers may also pre-order the Galaxy Tab 10.1 online or in-store beginning that day.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by Android™ 3.1, Honeycomb offering faster and smoother transitions between different applications, more intuitive navigation to and from home screens and broader support of USB accessories, external keyboards, joysticks and gamepads.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the thinnest mobile tablet currently available in the world, measuring in at an ultra-slim 8.6 millimeters. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also boasts an incredibly light weight of just 1.25 pounds (565 grams) for outstanding mobility and comfort in the user’s hands.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is designed with a brilliant 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display with WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution delivering vibrant colors and crisp clarity. This expansive screen is centered inside a narrow bezel to enhance the wide viewing angle.

“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.”

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will receive these new upgrades through a software update that customers can access over the air in the near future. Those upgrades are currently scheduled to include:

FEATURES/SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH FUTURE SOFTWARE UPGRADE

Customized User Experience “Samsung TouchWiz UX”

Samsung’s TouchWiz user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu for customizing the home screen of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with digital pictures, favorite Web sites and social network feeds.

In addition, the TouchWiz UX includes a “Mini Apps” tray of commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player which can be launched while other major applications are already in use.

Samsung Media Hub

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 software upgrade will introduce the evolution of Samsung’s popular movie and TV content service, known as Media Hub. Media Hub has been redesigned with a new user interface for even easier downloads of rented or purchased content. The new version of Media Hub also includes an HD Extender which allows the user to playback Media Hub content on TV through an HDMI cable from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 dock or adaptor.

Readers Hub & Social Hub

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also gain access to Samsung’s Readers Hub service, which is a robust library filled with more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 2,300 magazines. Also, the software upgrade will install Samsung’s Social Hub service, which aggregates email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface.

Versatile Content Sharing

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also receive Samsung’s Allshare service, for seamless content transfer between the tablet and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTV’s, monitors and digital cameras. The software upgrade will also transform the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 into a device capable of accepting streaming content from a TV to the tablet itself.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES AVAILABLE AT PRODUCT LAUNCH

Impressive Speed, Power & Battery Life

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity to deliver rapid mobile download speeds and reduce data transfer times. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also includes a Nvidia Tegra 1GHz dual core application processor for powerful gaming and multimedia performance. The Tab’s ultra-thin design does not sacrifice battery life, thanks to a 7000 mAh battery providing up to 9 hours of continuous use on a single charge[2].

Full Adobe Flash Player Compatibility

The device offers extensive Web browsing access through Adobe® Flash® Player compatibility. Flash Player delivers beautiful HD video, faster graphics rendering, and high performance on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and is designed to take advantage of native device capabilities — enabling richer, more immersive user experiences.

Optimal Enterprise Solutions

In addition, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 integrates several enterprise solutions to provide support for exchange device management policies, improve the security of data and services maintained on the tablet and meet IT guidelines for remote device access. The enterprise solutions include:

  • On-device encryption of user data
  • Cisco AnyConnect SSL VPN
  • F5 SSL VPN
  • Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync Support

Quality Cameras and Sound

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 3 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera providing smooth video chat capabilities and seamless 1080p HD video playback[3]. High quality speakers are positioned on the right and left sides of the device for a rich, deep audio experience.

Google™ Mobile Services

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is preloaded with the full suite of Google Mobile Services including access to more than 60,000 Android Market™ applications for Galaxy Tab 10.1[4], Gmail™, Google Search™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, and Google Talk™ with video and voice chat.

Availability & Pricing

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition will be available exclusively starting June 8 at the Best Buy Union Square location in New York City. Starting June 17, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available at Best Buy online and in-store along with Fry’s Electronics, Amazon.com, Micro Center, Tiger Direct and Newegg. These retail outlets will have the 32GB version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition available for $599, and the 16GB version of the device will be available for $499. In addition, the WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available through Sprint starting mid-summer 2011. Visit www.samsung.com for additional details.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

2 Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, vibrate mode, backlight settings, browser use, and frequency of data and other application usage patterns.

3 1080p video playback on an HD TV or other 1080p HD device.

4 Based on a statistical analysis of existing Android Market™ applications

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines.  A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S.  Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Android, Google, Android Market, Gmail, Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Talk are trademarks of Google, Inc.

Adobe and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/superskerple Stephen Parker

    Does anyone else think the 3MP rear camera is a bit…small? I would’ve expected at least 5MP

  • Anonymous

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  • Me

    Good job Samsung…..keep copying Apple and you shall succeed!!

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  • bronxtale78

    I fail to see how this is the Tablet to beat.. No onboard microSD storage, and no USB host capability. To me, and Android tablet that does not have USB host capability is a waste, especially considering the new initiatives Google announced at I/O. Sure I could hook up the tablet to a laptop or pc to transfer files to it, but that is cumbersome in some situations. Being able to hook an external harddrive or usb stick up and transfer files immediately is a game changer (see the Acer Iconia Tab)

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  • Anonymous

    Just sent Verizon a letter inquiring on whether I could trade in my unicorn 4g device (bka Xoom) on the new “actual” 4g device, the galaxy tab. I can’t wait to hear their bullshit response. I still think the xoom kicks ass, even next to my iPad, but just damn already. Is this brain surgery? If it is, I’d rather be operated on my Samsung than Moto-rollya, cuz I’m feeling a little touched in the dirty places here.

  • http://twitter.com/AndroidEcko Bonifacio

    3MP rear cam?  Touchwiz?

    I’m not liking that so far…

    • DBK

      Camera doesn’t matter and it only has TouchWiz apps and widgets. It’s not running TouchWiz. It won’t even get those apps and widgets until a future update. So for all intents and purposes it is as of now a pure Google device.

  • Mr.Joe

    EXPENSIVE.  Should be $399

    • BillyT

      Yeah, like the iPad.  Oh wait…

      • Anonymous

        Like the Transformer

  • Anonymous

    No host USB? No SD card support? And $100 more than Asus? 

  • Anonymous

    Wow…nice! So many tablets now it’s kinda hard to decide on which one to buy.

    And yes, I know I’ve said I want to get a Motorola XOOM this Summer, but damn, not even sure now..now that XOOM 2 may be out next year possibly.

  • Mikeowng27

    Still hate Samsung software support….  For those who continue to purchase Samsung tablets and phones, good luck in getting software support from Samsung.  It will take at least 3 to 4 months longer than any other manufacturer to get OS updates and software updates from Sansung.  I learned my lesson when I purchase Samsung Captivate last July…  Never again I’m purchasing Samsung tablet or phones…

    • tanknspank

      That’s why it’s coming out with the latest version of Honeycomb? When you got a stock Google device like this, upgrades don’t take much effort. Look at the Transformer, it’s not as close to Google as either the Xoom or GTab and it’s already got a 3.1 update. Would be sorely shocked to see anything but the same happen to the GTab.

      • Mikeowng27

        wait until 3.2 comes out… You can bet Asus and other manufactures will come out way before Samsung…  They are always the last to come out with upcoming updates…  Or even “Android Ice Cream”…  If it comes out in December, 2011… I’ll bet Asus and other manufactures will have it one one or two months after the release date…  For Samsung, it won’t be out until mid 2012 or even later…  Samsung has long history of bad software support…  I’m glad that I’m not buying the 10.1 samsung tablet…

        • tanknspank

          From a tablet tied so closely to Google itself? The same tablet that was handed out at I/O? Missing out on a good piece of hardware for its price is such a silly idea it’s laughable. Your loss. 

          • Zeadaplaya

            dont mean to call you out or anything but you are a fool. the ones given out at google i/o are DEVELOPER models, and the ones that are coming out now have alot more touchwiz than youve seen and if youve seen any videos of touchwiz xl you would of noticed it had a lag when doing things, still happy i got my Wifi XOOM! :D

          • tanknspank

            WAAIIITTT a second here… Did I miss something? There 10.1 and 8.9 are touchwized now? O.o When did this happen? 

            Updates or not, I’ll probably not get it for that reason alone. 

      • Itaint Rite

        Did you just say stock? Hah!

    • tanknspank

      That’s why it’s coming out with the latest version of Honeycomb? When you got a stock Google device like this, upgrades don’t take much effort. Look at the Transformer, it’s not as close to Google as either the Xoom or GTab and it’s already got a 3.1 update. Would be sorely shocked to see anything but the same happen to the GTab.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I’m still feeling the burn from my Vibrant. Software support for that was absolutely pathetic and to make it worse, the phone had far too many problems to be considered ready for release. To get the most out of it required multiple trips to XDA-developers and root access. Even that didn’t fix the GPS and even the latest Voodoo lag fix and 2.2 couldn’t enable my Vibrant to run as consistently smooth as my N1 running 2.3. I won’t be supporting Samsung tablets or phones ever again. I don’t care what they put in them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerryhuster Jerry Huster

    I smell a Moto Xoom Class-Action Lawsuit in 3…2…

  • Rrosotho

    Seems like Motorola needs a WHOLE new marketing strategy… This is how the Xoom was supposed to be launched!! Samsung has stepped it up!!

    • Mikeowng27

      still kind of pricy for a 16 GB and 32 GB tablet… Still loving my transformer!!!

      • Wachatalknboutwillis

        Plus a 3.1 update promised in June and delivered on June 1st!!!  Pretty impressive.

  • http://twitter.com/KpAtch3s Luke

    I love this, but at the speed things keep progressing and possible quad-core core tablets being released before the end of the year I’m still going to have to wait to buy one.

  • Raptor007

    I’m more interested in the 8.9″ without LTE, I already have 4G LTE modem.

    • Anonymous

      True that! Bust out that 8.9 wifi…

  • Thunderatrix

    After seeing Windows 8 on a tablet I’m gonna wait before jumping on the tablet train

    • Anonymous

      got a link to check that out?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=758620228 Aaron Rietschlin

        Here’s a preview of Windows 8 overall, which will also run on tablets: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2011/jun11/06-01corporatenews.aspx

        • Anonymous

          that looks pretty interesting to me… I really enjoy my Transformer, but this will be something to watch out for…

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, that’ll be something to watch out for… two years from now. 

  • Marcus Trainer

    As long as these tablets continue to be priced > $400, I won’t even consider buying one.  Guess I’ll keep using my CM7 NC.

  • Marcus Trainer

    As long as these tablets are priced > $400, I won’t consider buying one. Guess I’ll keep using my CM7 nook color.

    • DBK

      Considering that the tech and specs are a little better than the Zoom and on par with the Asus Transformer, I’d say 500 for the WiFi-Only one is fairly reasonable. Better than what they are charging for the 3g/4g ones.

      lol I’m still staying with my rooted Nook Color, too, though.  :)

      • Anonymous

        No, specs are worse than the xoom, get your eyes checked.

  • http://twitter.com/OreWaZero Christopher Zoellner

    So how is the USB support supposed to work?

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  • http://twitter.com/shells_guy Spencer

    Who wants to buy me 1???? I’ll be your friend 4ever… lol

  • Anonymous

    SDHC support?

  • Anonymous

    SDHC support?

    • Mikeowng27

      I don’t think it has sdhc support on the tablet itself.  I think they will have a dongle for sdhc cards… that really sucks that Samsung is copying Ipad 2…  Why can’t they come out with their own original product?

  • Anonymous

    My XOOM better have 4G by then…

  • Anonymous

    My XOOM better have 4G by then…

    • Rizzidy

      it won’t

    • Rizzidy

      it won’t

  • http://www.thinknetbook.com Eloquescence

    Hold on Samsung, before you take my money, I am trying to get over the lack of microSD card slot that you promised before…

    • Anonymous

      Yeah! Even my Xoom has a microSD slot… Oh.. nevermind.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah! Even my Xoom has a microSD slot… Oh.. nevermind.

    • ChrisI

      I’m new to the tablet market, and am pretty stoked on this SGT10.1 coming out. If you get the 32gb version, is a microSD really necessary? And on that note, if I wantedto transfer a 2 or 3gb file to another computer or whatever, how would I do that without MicroSD or a USB slot? Any help? 

      • DBK

        Bluetooth?

        • palomosan

          The adapters the Tablets bring have a UBS end, me Transformer doesn’t have one but I use the same cable to charge, connect it to my PC and transfer any files since the SD card mounts right away.

          • DBK

            Bluetooth adapter is less expensive and works just as well. Just an option, though. The special adapter works, too.

        • palomosan

          The adapters the Tablets bring have a UBS end, me Transformer doesn’t have one but I use the same cable to charge, connect it to my PC and transfer any files since the SD card mounts right away.

      • Dempseyc70

        There is a cable you will be ablle to purchase to allow using USB.

      • http://www.thinknetbook.com Eloquescence

        You have the 30-pin cord that Samsung uses to charge the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Just plug it into the Tab and then computer … that’s the fastest way I know to transfer files. 

        MicroSD would have been awesome because you can use it to swap files to machines with SD card slots (using an adapter) and other Android devices. It’s REALLY MUCH more convenient if you think about it.

      • http://www.thinknetbook.com Eloquescence

        You have the 30-pin cord that Samsung uses to charge the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Just plug it into the Tab and then computer … that’s the fastest way I know to transfer files. 

        MicroSD would have been awesome because you can use it to swap files to machines with SD card slots (using an adapter) and other Android devices. It’s REALLY MUCH more convenient if you think about it.

    • gimlet72

      I agree, with the lack of the microSD card slot it ropes you into buying the 32GB model for 100$ more as opposed to the 16gb model and purchasing a 16gb card for 20-40$. I would wait to see what the time frame for the Kal-El chip to be on the market

      • Anonymous

        lack of microSD also hinders custom recovery setups like Clockwork.  Definitely not a developer’s tablet…

  • Rizzidy

    RIP Motorola

    • Anonymous

      They had a good run

      • Ted Dibiasi

        Please, stick with the US company

        • Mr.Joe

          WTF?  The US company that I’M SURE outsourced the XOOM to China or whatever to make it.  

          I’m sure the bulk of the components inside of it are from non US companies.  

          • Ted Dibiasi

            Well, sounds like you’ve got it all figured out then.

          • Mr.Joe

            Caveat emptor

        • Rizzidy

          no

        • Anonymous

          Is there a U.S. company? Wholly U.S.? Doubtful.

          • Mr.Joe

            AND that their head people are well FOREIGN!  San Jay is from India, Jen-Hsun Huang is from Taiwan, and the list goes on.

            They might be American companies but they ain’t ran by Americans! 

            LOL that was pretty BAD! LOL!  I love ya San and Jen-Hsun!

          • Youdontneedtoknow

            Last time I checked, American wasn’t an ethnicity but a nationality. So what if they’re immigrants, by moving here their only contributing to America and not to foreign countries. (By the way, don’t almost all Americans come from immigrants.)

  • DBK

    And thus there was light……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    First?