Ok, we really didn't see this one coming. While Samsung has been teasing an 8.9-inch version of its Galaxy Tab that has a thinner profile than Apple's new iPad 2, what came as a surprise to us was a revamped 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab. The larger tablet, shown at Mobile World Congress 2011, was initially reported with a 10.9 mm profile. With Samsung's admission that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was inadequate in the face of the iPad 2's offering, the company did a massive turn around with this reworked version, shaving off at least 2mm off its profile, leaving it at 8.6mm and now thinner than the iPad 2. Furthermore, this new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will sport Samsung's TouchWiz UX user interface enhancement, which wasn't present on the earlier Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Engadget - You know who took the iPad 2 launch pretty seriously? Samsung, that's who. Just as we had heard, the company's executives were impressed by Apple's ability to slim down its tablet and, well, it turns out that it took it as a challenge to come up with some thinner tablets of its own. That's right, in addition to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 that we have seen repeatedly teased over the last few weeks the company's announcing a totally revamped Galaxy Tab 10.1, and both slates are incredibly thin yet very well spec'd.
Specifications wise, the new 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab and the smaller 8.9-inch versions will also sport a dual-core 1GHz processor. The larger tab will sport a 6800mAh battery and weighs in at 595g, with the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab taking on a smaller 6000mAh battery and weighing 470g.
For the full specifications and more details about these new Galaxy Tabs, click here.
Update: Engadget has reported that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi will be priced at US$499 and US$599 for the 16GB and 32GB, putting it in the same price range as Apple's iPad 2 Wi-Fi version.