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Samsung iPad 2 Rival Goes On Preorder For £600

The upgraded Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet is now set to be launched in early July and will cost as little as £600 for the 32GB model.

One retailer, Clove Technology (opens in new tab), informed us about the forthcoming availability of the tablet which is both thinner and lighter than the iPad 2 (ed: Expansys offers the phone on preorder from £653).

It comes with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel display, a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, dual surround sound speakers, support for 4G, an eight-megapixel AF rear camera and a two megapixel front facing one, Wi-Fi, 32GB onboard storage and a 6800mAh battery - one of the biggest in Tablet land.

As expected, it runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb and therefore supports Flash as well as offering a number of improvements over Froyo/Gingerbread.

At £600 though, the tablet is more expensive than the equivalent iPad 2 3G which will make the task of selling it significantly more difficult (though cheaper than the HTC Flyer or the LG Optimus Pad).

No mobile phone operators have yet announced whether they will offer the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on a pay monthly contract like Apple's tablet.

Is the Samsung Tablet a better deal than say the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 which is available for around £360? We're not so sure, especially as the latter benefits from an innovative docking station that comes with a battery and a keyboard.

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 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.