US Samsung customers to get thinner Galaxy Tabs, UK customers stuck with old model.
After the US launch of the Apple iPad 2, bods at Samsung were worried, with Samsung mobile division's Lee Dong-Joo commenting publically that Sammy "will have to improve the parts that are inadequate" as "Apple made [the iPad 2] very thin."
The result of these improvements was revealed just weeks later at the CTIA conference in Florida, where Samsung launched the new new version of its Galaxy Tab, still called the 10.1, but measuring in at just 8.6mm thin - 0.2mm thinner than Apple's tablet - and weighing in at a similarly iPad 2-beating 595g. The only thing to suffer is the camera, coming down from the MWC-era Tab 10.1's 8MP to 3MP.
All of which is awfully impressive, especially in such a short period of time. The only way we could be more impressed would be if Samsung were planning to release it in the UK, which, according to sources over at Pocket Lint, they aren't any time soon. Nope, if you're in the UK, while you will be able to get yourself a Samsung Galaxy Tab, it will be the Vodafone-exclusive Samsung Galaxy Tab "V10.1" - aka the chubby plastic model Samsung were showing off at MWC (and also the one with the parts Mr. Dong-Joo referred to as "inadequate").
The chunkier MWC version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will still launch in the UK exclusively on Vodafone sometime in the next couple of months, with a release date and pricing still to be revealed. It's not all bad news though. At least we get to keep that 8MP camera.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 video hands-on