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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launches In August In UK

The newer version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet is set to launch in the UK from the 4th of August electronics giant Samsung has confirmed in a statement.

In addition, a spokesperson for the company said, "Our Galaxy family all feature a premium design, excellent screens and are packed with compelling entertainment features. We plan to deliver exciting new user experiences and lead the tablet market in the months and years to come." Though he failed to give any hint as to how much the tablet will retail for.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is both thinner and lighter than the Apple iPad 2 and has undergone a significant upgrade since it was last seen in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress.

Many observers agree that Samsung's tablet is the first real device capable of rivalling the iPad 2 in terms of pricing, specs and overall build quality. The tablet will come with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM and between 16GB and 64GB worth of onboard storage.

Other features include a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel screen, a three-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front facing one, Android Honeycomb 3.1 and (paid) access to Samsung's own Readers Hub and Music Hub which offer access to 2.2 million books and more than 13 million songs.

Both the 3G and Wi-Fi version will be available at launch in the UK and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will also be launched towards the end of the year.

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.