The new generation of Samsung Galaxy Tab slates were launched today in Makati City. Upgrading the 7-inch series, they’re sized at 10.1 and 8.9 inches respectively and noticeably slimmer than their rival iPad 2. The race is on for the unprecedented king of the tablet market !
Price remains TBA (to be announced) but we presume it will be somewhere between Php23,000-29,000 depending on the memory and model (16gb/32gb) . Maybe Samsung Philippines will also have a launching promo, like what they will do with the Samsung Galaxy S II on June 24.
In a nutshell, here are the specifications for both Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9: Android Honeycomb (version 3.1) operating system, 1 GHz Dual Core Processor, web-browsing with flash support, 1080p full HD video playback, dual surround sound speakers, a 2mp front facing camera and 8mp rear camera.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S wi-fi 5.0 smartphone (available soon!) will have the following specs: 5-inch screen, Android 2.2 Froyo platform, 1 GHz application processor, 8gb internal memory, and HD video recording.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are the thinnest and lightest mobile tablets to date, say officials from Samsung Philippines. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs a mere 595 grams and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 only weighs 470 grams.
Both Tabs support HSPA+ network speeds of up to 21Mbps as well as Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity to deliver rapid mobile download speeds and reduce data transfer times. Both include a 1GHz dual core application processor for a powerful multimedia and multi-tasking experience.
Knowing that battery life has been a complaint on the old Galaxy Tab, Samsung said the new series is expected to have better battery power of up to 10 hours of playtime and double the number in 3G mode or standby.
However, unlike the old Galaxy Tab, it seems we cannot make voice calls with the new upgraded Tabs. I am still trying to verify. If this is true, it could be a bummer 😀