Samsung launches thinner Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9

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Samsung has announced a redesigned version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 alongside the Galaxy Tab 8.9.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will now be available in one version measuring 10.9mm thick, and a 8.6mm version.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will feature an 8.9-inch touchscreen and will also measure 8.9mm.

Both Galaxy Tab tablets will run Android Honeycomb with the newest version of Samsung’s Touchwiz UI.

Extra widgets, as we reported earlier, include a Live panel that allows you to see the most important information at a glance.

Live panels include Buddies now, Agenda, Email, Weather, News, Stocks, Gallery, Date and bookmarks. We assume they will work like the homescreen on the BlackBerry PlayBook where they are essentially mini versions of the apps/pages you have open.

The Mini Apps tray is another new feature for the Android Honeycomb-toting Galaxy Tab 8.9.

It’s another navigation feature that takes you to multitasking with one tap – just press the Mini Apps Tray at the bottom of the screen and up will pop your favourite applications

There’s also the Samsung Readers Hub and Music Hub, providing access to more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers in 49 languages, 2,300 magazines in 22 languages, and 13 million songs.

Simon Stanford, Managing Director of Mobile for Samsung UK and Ireland says, “Following the success of our first 7 inch tablet device and the growing popularity of Android, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 are the latest examples of Samsung’s ongoing innovation in this market.

“We are demonstrating our dedication to designing premium tablets that will deliver exciting new user experiences and lead the tablet market in the months and years to come.”

Samsung has not yet announced release dates for the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Galaxy Tab 8.9.

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