June 2, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Samsung Mobile has just confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will arrive next week in select stores. Sporting a customized version of Android 3.1 Honeycomb, the Tab 10.1 16 GB will retail for $499 and the version with 32 GB will cost $599 at Best Buy.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is Samsung’s ultra-slim Android tablet that offers a 10-inch screen with WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution. The Android Honeycomb tablet is 8.6 mm thin, connects to the web through Wi-Fi, sports a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra II processor, 7,000 mAh battery, and will clock-in at a light 1.25 pounds.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy Tab with stock Android 3.1. However, it plans to introduce a series of updates that add the TouchWiz UX interface that we saw at CTIA. That will add Live Panel home screen widgets, Mini apps Tray, and other subtle changes. Upcoming updates will also add the Samsung Media Hub that can play on a TV using the Tab media dock or HDMI adapter. It will also support Readers and Social Hubs.
We just received a note that the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will be the only place to purchase a Galaxy Tab 10.1, so you might want to pre-order if you’re in the Big Apple. The device goes on-sale at Amazon, BestBuy.com, Fry’s, MicroCenter, NewEgg, and TigerDirect on June 17. A Wi-Fi version sold through Sprint will be released mid-summer.