Gizmodo: Joining the original 7-inch Tab, Samsung’s today added an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab and a slimmed-down 10.1-inch model that’s been radically altered since we first saw it last month at MWC. And you know what? Both are thinner than the iPad 2.
The 10.1-inch tablet was sent off to fat camp between its initial announcement over a month ago and today, debuting a slimmer profile. It and the new 8.9-inch Tab are just a hair thinner than the iPad 2 at 8.6mm thick, which Samsung says makes them the thinnest tablets in the world. The 10.1-inch Tab manages to be lighter than the iPad 2 as well, by exactly 5 grams. Unfortunately, the price of immaterialism is that the rear camera has also been winnowed down, from 8MP to 3MP. It’s still really impressive that Samsung managed to redesign and rebuild a thinner, lighter product in basically a month. (So much for being “inadequate”!)
On sale on June 8th, the 10.1-inch Wi-Fi model will cost $499 for the 16GB version, and $599 for the 32GB one, precisely matching iPad 2 pricing. The smaller 8.9-inch Wi-Fi model will cost $469 for the 16GB one, and $569 for the 32GB one, when it goes on sale in “early summer.” Both tablets will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but with Samsung’s latest version of TouchWiz slicked on top—hopefully it’s gotten better.