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Samsung turns up the tablet heat

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Samsung has turned up the heat in the tablet market, launching two new additions to its line-up: the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9, measuring just 8.6 millimeters thin.

Both tablets feature Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface implemented on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform, offering multi-tasking, enhanced user interaction and navigation.
“The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung’s constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world”, says JK Shin, president & head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “By combining Samsung’s innovations in design and display without exciting new user experience, we’ve created a new class of products that will lead the tablet market.”
The company says the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are the thinnest mobile tablets available. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs 595 grams and the 8.9 weighs 470grams.
The new Galaxy Tabs will support HSPA+ network speeds of up to 21Mbps as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity to deliver rapid mobile download and upload speeds and reduce data transfer times. They also include a 1GHz dual core application processor for a powerful multimedia and web browsing experience.
Samsung’s TouchWiz user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu users can customize to display a variety of content on the home screen including digital pictures, favourite Web sites and social network feeds.
In addition, the interface includes an application tray of commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player which can be launched while other major applications are also in use, including large file downloads and document editing. The Mini Apps Tray provides a mixture of convenience and flexibility previously unheard of with tablet devices.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are pre-loaded with Readers Hub and Music Hub giving consumers instant access to more than 2,2-million books, 2 000 newspaper(49 languages), 2 300 magazines(22 languages), and 13-million songs.
The devices are also designed with Samsung’s Social Hub, which will aggregate e-mail, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 feature a 3 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, providing smooth transition and seamless 1080p HD video and Adobe Flash playback.
The tablets also include a suite of solutions designed to give enterprise customers and IT managers more security. Developed in collaboration with partners such as Cisco, Sybase, SAP and Citrix, Samsung's enterprise mobility solutions will provide flexibility and connectivity for mobile workforces, ensuring that users are able to operate more efficiently on–the-move.