Samsung Updates Galaxy Tab 10.1, Thinner Than iPad 2

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Samsung has unveiled a new version of the Galaxy Tab S II which we saw at the Mobile World Congress a few weeks ago; this time around the device is called the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The device, which was announced at CTIA in Orlando, Florida at the same time as a smaller 8.9-inch model, drops the textured black and the big silver Samsung circular logo at the back for a more conservative, bland looking model, one without the "with Google" sticker as well.

The device is thinner than the iPad 2 at 8.6mm and weighs only 595g. It uses a PLS display rather than an AMOLED one (which would be prohibitive at this size) as well as a 6800mAh battery (up to 10 hours battery life) and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Like the Motorola Xoom, the tablet has a screen resolution of 1280x800 pixels and is powered by a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 based system on chip clocked at 1GHz.

Samsung also confirmed that the tablets will be compatible with 4G and WiMAX, promising speeds of up to 21mbps via HSPA+; Other features include a 2-megapixel front facing camera (to support claims of full HD resolution) and a rear one with flash.

The 16GB Wi-Fi version of the tablet will cost $499 while the 32GB will add another $100 to its price. Both will come in the US on the 8th of June. Below is the "old version" of the tablet, as photographed at MWC in February 2011.