Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-On: Attractive Tab Sports Honeycomb with “Google Experience”

Today in Barcelona, Samsung took the wraps off of its new 10.1-inch tablet, the appropriately named Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The 1.3-pound, 11mm thick slate is powered by a 1-GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra CPU and runs Google’s new Honeycomb (Android 3.0) OS on its 10.1-inch,  1280 x 800 TFT screen. To bolster its prowess as an entertainment device, Samsung is also bundling the Tab 10.1 with surround sound speakers.

Designated as a “Google Experience” device, the Tab 10.1 has stock Honeycomb, which means no special Samsung UI enhancements and, at least for now, no access to Samsung’s Hubs, including its Media, Game, Reading, and Social Hubs.

However, with Honeycomb installed, the device will have an excellent shell with a ton of new features such as enhanced multitasking and software that has multiple panes.  We’ve looked at the Honeycomb preview Google released and we’ve gone hands-on with the Motorola Xoom with Honeycomb so we know Android 3.0 is impressive without any vendor modification.

As you might expect the Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with dual cameras, which have 2-MP on the front and 8-MP on back. For storage, Samsung includes either 16 or 32GB of internal memory, but unfortunately no microSD slot for adding your own. For wireless connectivity, the device includes 802.11n Wi-Fi and HSPA+ support for up to 21Mbps downloads on mobile broadband.

Right now, Samsung has no plans to release the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S., though it plans to work with many carriers in Europe and Asia. Only Vodafone has thus been announced as a distribution partner. Pricing and ship dates are not yet announced.

We had a very brief opportunity to go hands-on with a Galaxy Tab 10.1 this morning and were impressed by just how light it was and how great its indented, textured back felt in our hands. The screen was bright and colorful, viewing angles were solid, and were able to play an HD video, browse the web, and move through a photo gallery with ease.

Check out our hands on video and gallery below for a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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