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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Goes On Preorder, Dearer Than iPad 2

The old version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the one that is slightly thicker than the iPad 2, has gone on sale for £594 at online retailer Handtec. In comparison, the equivalent 16GB Wi-Fi only Apple iPad 2 looks like a bargain at £399.

Still, if you fancy the tablet, which is known as the P7100 and runs on Honeycomb, you can preorder it here (opens in new tab). It comes with a 1GHz Dual Core processor, possibly the Samsung Exynos 4210 system on chip with an ARM Mali 400 GPU, 1GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage.

Like all other Honeycomb tablets, it has a 10.1-inch WXGA TFT capacitive touchscreen, a tad bigger than the iPad 2, with a full array of sensors. At 10.9mm, this model is slightly thicker than the Apple iPad but weighs only 599g, 2g lighter than the iPad.

It does have dual surround sound speakers (one more than the iPad), AGPS, full access to Google Services, support for Flash, Wi-Fi, Full HD recording and HD playback, an eight-megapixel rear camera (with flash) and a full HD front facing one.

That 4G tablet (yep, it supports HSPA+) has a 6860mAh battery which promises to power the tablet for roughly about eight hours. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was initially launched at the Mobile World Congress back in February, doesn't have HDMI or USB ports like the Acer Iconia A500.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.