Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 release date set as May 1st

Pre-orders begin for Samsung's iPad challenger

10.1-inch Samsung tablet hits pre-orders

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been made available for pre-order by Vodafone Australia with the iPad rival scheduled to begin shipping on May 1st.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 video

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Originally announced during February’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona with a 1GHz dual-core processor and Google’s tablet centric Android 3.0, Honeycomb OS, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 later went on a diet shedding precious millimetres from its form factor following the unveiling of the slim line Apple iPad 2.

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Alerting customers who registered interest in the upcoming device online, Vodafone Australia has begun issuing pre-order emails stating the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can be snapped up for a limited time before being made publicly available for pre-release purchase on April 20th. Being offering with a complementary book cover style case, the 10-inch tablet as a standalone device will set wannabe owners down under back a hefty AU$729 (£470).

Whilst no UK release date has yet been given for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, if a May 1st release was rolled out globally we would see both of Samsung’s lead MWC unveilings touch down on the same day as the 1.2GHz dual-core Android 2.3 Galaxy S II smartphone readies itself for a May Day launch.

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Via: Engadget