Today at the CTIA trade show, Samsung unveiled even more of its 2011 tablet plans, but the offerings are a little slim. Fortunately, that’s meant in the best of ways! The two new tablets announced today, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (different from the MWC version), will be the thinnest on the market, at just 8.6 mm thick. The smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9 weighs 16.6 ounces, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs 20.9 ounces. They feel more solid and sturdy than their predecessors, despite their fragile appearance, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Of course, the inside is looking pretty attractive, itself!
Both of the new tablets will come out of the box with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and all the 3D capabilities that go along with it. The big news, though, is the support for Samsung’s own TouchWiz UX, which will be available via software upgrade at some point in the future. TouchWiz allows you to further customize the Honeycomb OS, with a live panel that you can fix up with your favorite bookmarks, pictures, and social network feeds. There’s also a frequently used apps tray and a wireless manager to aid with multitasking. You can even resize widgets to your liking! Other than that, everything from full HD video to video chat will be included; basically, these have everything the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from MWC had, with even more good stuff heaped on top.
Both Galaxy tablets will come in Wi-Fi and HSPA+ (or, 4G) models. The Wi-Fi 10.1 will cost $499 for the 16 GB version, and $599 for the 32 GB version. Those will hit stores on June 8th of this year. The Wi-Fi 8.9 version will be $569 for the 32 GB model and $469 for the 16 GB model, both of which are coming sometime this summer. Samsung also indicated that LTE and WiMax versions were on their way at some point in the near or distant future. Be sure to give these tablets a long look this year; it looks like they’ll be in the running to be the premiere Honeycomb tablets of 2011. Keep checking for more updates!