Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1

Ahhhhh. So apparently the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9-incher that we took a look at this morning was the European one an early prototype. The real U.S. version is just as sexy, and maybe even more so, even though they wouldn't let us turn it on. It's mostly the same hardware, except for the back cover. The textured grille has been swapped out for a matte finish, and it's noticeable easier to hang onto, which is good. But otherwise, we're pretty much looking at the same thing. More pictures of the 8.9- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs are after the break.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 (U.S. versions)

 
There are 27 comments

WhitePhone says:

I want to see the 8.9 and 7 inch together.....

bbman911#AC says:

The first picture shows the 8.9 and the 7 side by side.

WhitePhone says:

Really? They look the same. Interesting.

isawred53 says:

Fail. Read the comment on the bottom of the pic. Its the 8.9 and the 10.1 next to each other.

n64kps says:

Even more fail. Have you seen the 7" Galaxy Tab? The two on the right are clearly them. The 8.9 is on the left and there's 2 7 inchers on the right (back and front).

E_man says:

http://tvcalculator.com/index.html?7a38a784658f9b9d242924b8f1884e83

Screen size comaparison. A pretty sizable difference, almost double the display area.

WhitePhone says:

Cool. Thanks!

htowngator says:

That's what she said.

youareme7 says:

This does look really nice, early summer is a while to wait; not too bad, but was hoping for April. Someone needs to hunt down the Asus booth at CTIA and figure out when the Transformer is coming out. They're being awfully coy on their Asus Eee Facebook page.

corydunbar says:

The 10.1 for the US is a no brainer. I'm first in line!

crxssi says:

Why is it a "no-brainer"?

crxssi says:

So where are the standard ports instead of a proprietary connector?

AceOptimus says:

Has anybody said what carrier these will be on? Because I see a
T-Mobile symbol in the first picture. :)

crxssi says:

Wifi-only versions will come out at the same time. No carrier. No contract.

bbman911#AC says:

Yeah but the TMO logo is on the 7" Galaxy Tab that was released last year...

original00 says:

Even though it sucks that these are not coming out till the summer, I'm still impressed that Samsung announced a release date! And for the Wifi only version too!!!!Finally, an android product with a release date.....who would have ever though that it was possible?

Gogol says:

Does this 8.9" model has "micro SD card SLOT"?

If we followed the announcement, it has "connection kit" to attach "SD card".

Now, I am wondering, what's that? Does it mean the 8.9" does not have micro SD card SLOT?

htowngator says:

Yea I was wondering that myself. The "official launch" hasn't happened yet though so we'll know more when they announce specs.

crxssi says:

It is probably a proprietary external card reader to use with their proprietary cable to plug into their proprietary port. Barf

rlbrooks says:

Wow! My hat off to Sammy on design. These are just elegantly beautiful. The thin size, matte back and chrome accented bezel make the first tablet I think is actually more pleasing to look at than the Ipad2. Nicely done.

biggbrother2 says:

I've got to assume Samsung has another team working on tablets because this is a step above their plastic phone housings. These things are gorgeous. They have taken a page out of HTC's book.

My only concern is propietary connections, which Samsung was notorious for with their phones in years past. Am I going to need a special cable to charge this or can I simply charge it via USB from my PC?

ChrisFricke says:

What is the big deal about the type of cord used to charge the device? Every major device requiring more "juice" than a cell phone uses a non USB type power cable (point one out if I'm wrong). Even among lower powered devices there's how many different styles and types of "USB" power connectors?

There is no industry standard connector for tablet or phone devices so therefore there should be no complaints about the fact that the cable to power the device is unique between manufacturers.

Not trying to pick on anyone in particular but I've seen this complaint a lot and I just don't get it.

crxssi says:

Perhaps you want to use a standard USB cable to transfer files? Tether? Connect to something on the go?

Having a standard USB port is just as important, even if you are not charging through it.

And yes, it SHOULD be possible to charge a properly designed tablet through USB. It might take a very long time (due to the large battery), but it should still be an option even if a faster, proprietary charging port is also available.

xcharles718 says:

I know that the early summer launch is for wifi only but is 3G/4G options going to be available soon after? Asked since i saw am SIM slot in the pics(hope to pop an t-mobile prepaid sim with data in there).

JNM says:

I really want to have this one with 3g/4g. I will not buy any tablet that does not include access to data everywhere my cellphone works.

JNM says:

I really want to have this one with 3g/4g. I will not buy any tablet that does not include access to data everywhere my cellphone works.

I realize that many people will prefer to have Wifi only, there is no doubt about it, but there are many of us looking to use these devices for work. I need to be able to access information anywhere. Taking time to try to gain access to various Wifi networks, or using unsecured networks, is not what I want. I also don't wish to burn through my phone's battery by tethering constantly.

brucewayne says:

I'll take that new 7 incher, I'd be willing to take an 8.9 too if the price was right, the 10.1 is too big for my tastes.