Original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launching as 10.1V

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Samsung has renamed its original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 device after releasing a skinnier version of it at CTIA 2011. The original Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now known as the Galaxy Tab 10.1V

Engadget caught a glimpse of the new, thinner, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 alongside the older, chunkier, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V at CTIA 2011.

Samsung also showcased its custom UI, TouchWiz 4.0, at CTIA 2011 as well.

We reported yesterday on the news that Google was blocking custom UIs from the first version of Android 3.0, so whether Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 will actually make it onto Samsung’s Android 3.0-powered tablet range remains to be seen.

It could do a HTC and launch on Android Gingerbread, which would be TouchWiz 4.0 integration, and a future update to Android 3.0 once Google opens it up to manufacturers.

So why bother with an updated version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 so early on? Simple: Samsung’s Vice President of Mobile saw the iPad 2 following its announcement, presumably felt a little sick, and demanded a newer, thinner, version of the Galaxy Tab so as to remain competitive with Apple.

Pocket-Lint, however, has claimed that the thinner version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 won’t be coming to the UK.

Fortunately, we’ve heard differently from Samsung. Here’s what they told us:

“The new Tab 10.1 isn’t replacing the initial one announced at MWC. We just announced a new thinner version, which will go on sale alongside the original Tab 10.1.”

So, there you have it – panic and confusion over. The UK will be getting both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 V1 and the new super skinny version of the device, now known simply as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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