The new tablet is available in both 8.0" and 9.7" models, with and without the S Pen. But how much will it cost and how soon can you get one of your own?
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Up until now tablets have been almost exclusively LCD-based — so while the Samsung Galaxy series of Smartphones are Flagship models for Samsung to show off its latest and greatest OLED displays and display technology, there haven't been any OLED tablets until now (except for a single 7.7 inch OLED model launched in 2012).
Jin Soo Kim, a Samsung industrial designer, was called to the stand today by Samsung at Apple and Samsung's court battle and revealed this: the Galaxy Tab 10.1 project couldn't have ripped off the iPad because the Tab 10.1 project began in October 2009 (while the iPad was announced on January 27, 2010). Kim even went as far to show off an e-mail dated three weeks before the iPad's announcement that included a design very close to the Tab 10.1.
There are many, many accusations being tossed back and forth between Apple and Samsung. There have been for months, there will continue to be. But perhaps none of them has perfectly distilled the fight that the two mega-corporations are having quite like Samsung's chief product officer Kevin Packingham did in an interview today with Wired. It's a matter, you see, of rectangles.
Remember the British judge who ruled that Samsung didn't copy Apple because the Galaxy Tab was "not as cool" as the iPad? He's now ordered Apple to publish notices saying that Samsung did not copy the iPad's design.
Back when I first got my hands on the new iPad, I bemoaned the fact that it wouldn't fit the highly flexible Wallee case. The team behind the Wallee has announced it's got new cases to solve that problem, as well as take on a new market, with a specific case for the Galaxy Tab 10.1
We learned back in February that Virgin Australia would be trialling the Samsung Galaxy Tab as an in-flight entertainment option, and that only business class passengers would be in the first round of testing. But it turns out the trial is even more restricted than that: it's only running for a single week. Fortunately, there's better news ahead.
You probably need a cheat sheet to keep track of all of Samsung's tablets: the Galaxy Tab 7, the 10.1, the 8.9, the 7.0 Plus, the 7.7, and did I hear a niner in there? And now there's the Galaxy Tab 2, with two models (7.0 and 10.1) that are very slightly improved, but not enough to justify a few hundred bucks.
The new iPad runs a little warmer than the old one, but is it actually "hot" by comparison to other tech gear we use every day? The answer would seem to be no, although nobody can quite agree by how much.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung's just added a 10.1-inch size Tab 2 alongside the 7-incher, which was announced just the other day. The lager model features Ice Cream Sandwich and a 1GHz dual-core processor, but weirdly, is actually fatter and heavier than the original 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab.
Earlier this week, Samsung named the devices that were due to get Ice Cream Sandwich in early 2012. They've now confirmed that the Galaxy S and 7-inch Galaxy Tab definitely aren't in line for the update.