March 22, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Samsung Mobile has announced that it has re-imagined the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 first displayed last month at Mobile World Congress. While the Tab 10.1 was heralded as light and thin, Samsung has made it officially the “thinnest and lightest” tablets on the market. The biggest surprise is that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will feature Live Panels, a new user interface tweak Samsung is developing for Android Honeycomb tablets.
We reported on a rumor yesterday that Samsung planned to customize the Honeycomb experience, and that information has now been confirmed. The Tab 10.1, like the just announced 8.9 model, will feature Live Panels , a custom user experience built on-top of Honeycomb, and their TouchWix UI. With Live Panels will come revamped Hubs for music, reading, and movies, increasing the device’s entertainment options. Samsung says the new TouchWiz will offer “superior multi-tasking and enhanced user interaction and navigation.”
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go on sale June 4th for $499 in a 16GB model and $569 in a 32GB model. HSPA+ support is included in the Tab 10.1, so North American carriers using GSM networks are likely to offer it. An LTE version will arrive in the future. Also in the pipeline are several accessories including an HDMI dock, USB connection kit for cameras and SD cards, a case that forms into a stand, and a Bluetooth pen that acts as a speaker.
More information will arrive shortly, but I’m off to grab some hands-on time.