The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 went on sale in New York City today and it will be available throughout the US next week. But it looks like the tablet is also headed to Europe. Vodafone had initially announced plans to offer the tablets’ chunkier cousin, the Galaxy Tab 10.1v in the UK, but now the wireless carrier instead says it will offer the shiny new Galaxy Tab 10.1.
So why are there two model sin the first place? Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Mobile World Congress in February, but the company refined the design after Apple announced the iPad 2. The newer model is thinner and lighter than both the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 design and Apple’s newest tablet. The only down side is that while Samsung had initially promised an 8MP rear camera, the latest version has a 3MP camera instead.
But Samsung didn’t want to waste the original designs (and any inventory the company had lying around), so Samsung simply rebranded that model as the Galaxy Tab 10.1v and began offering it in a handful of countries in Europe including the UK and Germany. But now Vodafone UK has added the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 to its web site with a “coming soon” label.
The web site also says the tablet has a 1.2 GHz processor, which means you should either take the product listing with a grain of salt or maybe Vodafone knows something I don’t. Last time I checked, the tablet had a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor.
Update: The spec sheet has been updated to show that the Tab will have the 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core chip as the US model.
via Android Central