For those of you that’s been been wondering if the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a Gorilla Glass strengthened display, here’s an official answer.
Corning has announced that their Gorilla Glass strengthened glass is featured on the Galaxy Tab 10.1
Here’s the official word:
GALAXY Tab 10.1 is recognized for its high-end technology and amazing design, even among industry experts. For the GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung Electronics searched for the most durable, scratch-resistant glass, and again found the perfect solution with Corning Gorilla Glass.
So now you know. But even so, don’t think everything with Gorilla Glass in unbreakable. Strengthened doesn’t mean invincible as this drop test reveals.
Still, its good to know that the soon to be launched in Malaysia Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is protected to some degree. But then again, can any tablet or smartphone afford not to have some sort of strengthened glass on its displays nowadays? We think not.
Early last week Indonesia became the first country in Asia (possibly the world) to start selling the Honeycomb tablet that a lot of people are waiting for — the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The introduction of Samsung’s latest tablet received tremendous response in the republic when it sold out in just seven hours.
Oddly enough after a strong lead-up to the launch of the device in Indonesia, only 1,200 units were available for purchase on day one. The rapid sale of the device was also spurred on by hefty introductory discounts offered by Samsung in conjunction with the launch.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 retails for Rp.6 million (or about RM2,110 at today’s rates) but was sold at Rp.4 million (about RM1,400) on the first day. In addition to that, the price of the first 200 units sold on launch day was reduced by another Rp.200,000 (about RM70).
News reports mentioned that approximately 4,000 customers waited in line, some overnight, to be amongst the first in Indonesia to purchase the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
For Samsung, the initial launch of a major product — in this case, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 — outside of the US and Korea is unprecedented. In Malaysia, we have word that the device will be officially launched towards the end of July. Though we have no information on local pricing, the Indonesian price could be a very good indicator to how much the device will sell here.
While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 may not be the first Honeycomb tablet to hit the local market, it is certainly the most anticipated. Even with the Motorola Xoom and the very competitively priced Asus Eee Pad Transformer both already selling here, many, based on the comments we’re been getting, are still holding onto their cash for the Samsung tablet.
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You might have known that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 which is also known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab II was revealed at MWC just a while ago. After the announced of the iPad 2 that underwent a strict diet, Samsung had brought the 10.1 back to the drawing board. As a result, they have redesigned the tablet which now weighs 595 grams and with reduced thickness of just 8.6mm, which is 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2. As comparison, the earlier 10.1 was 599 grams and 10.9mm thick.
In terms of hardware specs, it features a 1280×800 XGA display, dual core 1GHz processor, stereo surround speakers and 6800mAh battery which provides up to 10 hours of usage. As expected, it runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb but with Samsung’s customised TouchWiz 4.0 skin.
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will have support for 4G in a form of HSPA+ and they will be coming out LTE and WiMAX versions later. For enhanced reception, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with dual antennas.