Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v in SA: details emerge

Samsung SA has confirmed that South Africans can look forward to seeing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v (P7100) Android tablet in stores before the end of April.

It is understood that the tablet will be available to Vodacom exclusively for an undetermined period.

Earlier in 2011, Samsung announced that its iPad competitor running Google’s Android mobile operating system (OS), the Galaxy Tab, would receive a big brother: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

As suggested by its name, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a 10.1 inch display, quite a bit larger than the 7 inch display offered by the original Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement of the iPad 2 earlier this month, Samsung unveiled a lighter, thinner Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well as the middle brother: Galaxy Tab 8.9.

The updated design of the 10.1 inch Samsung tablet led to the older model being marketed under the name ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v.’

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v (P7100) front angle

Other than the thickness and weight, the two versions of the device have a few differences. Most prominent is the 10.1v’s lack of Samsung’s customised TouchWiz interface.

The new 10.1 also lacks the high resolution 8 megapixel (MP) camera of the Galaxy Tab 10.1v, instead sporting a 3MP camera.

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 design sports a 3MP camera and is scheduled for its US release on 8 June 2011.

This doesn’t supersede the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, however. Last week Vodafone Australia announced that they would have the older model available by mid-April for AU$729.

Closer to home, Vodacom have confirmed that they will be selling the tablet on a MyMeg 500 Broadband Advanced contract for R399 per month.

Vodacom couldn’t provide specifics about when the device would be available and also explained that the device’s cash price would be different from store to store, though it is expected to cost in the region of R8,499.

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