Will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

If you are one of the many who has been anxiously awaiting some official release information for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 ever since the Google I/O attendees got one, the following news should make you quite happy. If you happen to live in or around New York City, the Best Buy in Union Square will have a sweet exclusivity on it from June 8 through June 17, when it will make its nationwide debut.  The Wifi version is set to launch with Android 3.1 and the 32GB version will run $599 while the 16GB version will be priced at $499. Hit the break for the full release, and be sure to hop in the forums and let us know if you will be grabbing one!

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:


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.


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

  • Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync Support

·         Cisco AnyConnect SSL VPN

·         F5 SSL VPN

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


Reader comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be available in NYC on June 8, nationwide June 17


Sad that there's no microSD card slot. That's the one thing that would make this tablet PERFECT in my honest opinion.

I have heard, that the 3G version(s) of the tablet will come with one -- gotta love corporate GREED


Yep, that kills it for me. I guess I'll be getting another Transformer like my wife's. No microSD, no way. It's like another iPad.

The Transformer looks great, but on a tablet that I will holding for reading, watching, surfing, etc., I am going to want one that is significantly lighter than the XOOM, which I returned. The Transformer is barely thinner and lighter than the XOOM while the Tab 10.1 halves them. Weight matters more (to me) than an SD slot. I survived 90 days without it on the XOOM.

I have a 16gb ipad and filled it with one tv series. On our transformer, it's also a 16gb model, but I added a 32gb micro sd card (for less than $50). My main uses for these is video, light web surfing, email, sheet music (piano) and a few games like sudoku. Space is important to me. If they had to limit this to no expansion, the least they could do is also release a 64gb version. I'd hate to pay a $200 premium for it, but would. I wouldn't be suprised if Apple doubled their memory from 16/32/64 to 32/64/128 for their next release, making this just look stupid.

I agree about the weight though. For reading, we have sony's current readers. There is really no comparison between the two for people who read a lot.

Valid points. I want both comfort and space. (without having to pay $100+ for an extra 16 GB) Also, microSD is just much more portable while also being small enough to become part of the device. (Unlike something like flash drives)

I just want to know the thinking to this? Who no MicroSD slot? Is it possibly to make us buy the 32 GB one? Maybe because Honeycomb had problems with microSD (when the Xoom first came out)?

I already bought the TF and it's been pretty great. Not the most comfortable when reading but not as bad as the Xoom. (returned that thing after it broken down on me) Plus, I get to actually take notes when attached to the dock.

With the money you save, you can buy the TF AND an eReader (the best device for reading) for about the same price as the 10.1. (Though, I already bought the dock) This is great if you are iffy about taking out a $400 10 inch device in public. (like when I'm on the train)

Honeycomb still has problems with MicroSD because it's still not officially supported. Asus had to hack it in there to get it to work and there's plenty of apps that don't recognize it. I was digging through the filesystem via Astro on my TF and everything is stored under the "sdcard" folder even though I have no sd card installed. Not sure if that is Asus' doing or Googles.

If Asus could figure out how to get a microSD plus a full sized SD card (in the dock) to work, then wouldn't you think Samsung could too? Ya, I can't install apps on that card, but it's what I use to pull out, put onto my desktop or laptop and add my files too.

"I am going to want one that is significantly lighter than the XOOM, which I returned. The Transformer is barely thinner and lighter than the XOOM while the Tab 10.1 halves them."

Lol what? You must not be very good at math =)

Transformer Weight: 1.49lbs
Tab 10.1 Weight: 1.25lbs

This is such BS...they hype everyone up about it coming June 8 to only have it in NYC on launch day...everyone else has to wait another week.
I may have to rethink that iPAD2

I couldn't agree more!

I've been holding off and waiting for June 8th so I'd have it in time for an extended travel schedule I have upcoming and now (unless I'm traveling to NYC - NOT!), it won't be available until June 17th? And then, probably in short supply.


Yeah i did the same thing. Had a transformer when they were impossible to get. Returned it at best buy un-opened. Figured id just be patient, they said june 8th. I cant stand weak marketing gimmicks like this. Not to mention i hate the yankees lol.

Im tempted to just go buy an ipad or transformer and tell samsung to shove it. nice marketing ploy to hype your crappy build quality, no SD, no USB, tablet.

This is such new technology and while it would be awesome to have a tablet, I don't think the software or hardware has been mastered quite yet. I'm not willing to shell out $499 (plus tax) on a device that is so new that no one knows how to use it to its full potential yet. Maybe next year. If I had $500 laying around like chump change, maybe. If I won it that would be awesome. Not ready to buy.

What's the deal with all the inconsistant specs and pricing information? I wish Samsung would post all the correct information on their site and answer some of the questions/comments. They can't let us know if there is SD or no SD? USB or no USB? I've seen the prices posted from $399-$699. I am trying to decide if I want the Galaxy 10.1, 8.9 or something completely different. But it seems like I just have to wait until they have acutally been released and in stores to see what it's got... and for how much.

It would be nice if they explained the differences with the 8.9 and a release date. If you look at their original presentation, they show the 8.9 with an expansion port that lets you add a SD card, but the slide shows "Only on 8.9". There's obviously some differences, and I think the 8.9 is actually going to be better all around, but I think they're holding back information so people don't hold out.

If they hadn't given away 5000 of these to google IO attendees, maybe they'd be able to supply the rest of the country better.