Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on

It was no secret that Samsung was planning a follow-up to the Galaxy Tab. This Honeycomb tablet is it and we've smeared its 10.1in screen

We weren't given a massive amount of detail on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. Sammy's giveaway nomenclature announces the screen size in inches and in the form of early 2011's other tablet offerings, it's running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) on a Tegra 2 chip. Tell you what, though, it's feather-light next to the likes of Apple's iPad and Motorola's Xoom – a notch under 600g. And it feels it.

There's always a payoff, though, and in the Galaxy Tab 10.1's case, it's the back. Tap the back and the cheap tick of plastic returns, not the reassuring metallic clunk found in the reply of heavier tablets. It's a case of horses for courses, though, and we're sure there will be many who'll gladly sacrifice solid feel for a lighter companion.

Embedded in that rear panel is an 8MP cam (a 1080p-shooting, 30fps number). And doubling up the imaging fun is a second 2MP snapper found on the flip side. We'll assume until told otherwise these are the same components found in Samsung's Galaxy S II, also announced today.

But the camera is the least appealing prospect around the front, faced as it is with 10.1in of WXGA (1280x800) glass on which to ogle Google's Honeycomb sweetness. It won't play the full HD vids you shoot at maximum resolution, but it looks slick and bright, although it's unable to compete with the Galaxy S II's Super AMOLED Plus sheen.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a central docking port on the long edge, the same connector found on the original Galaxy Tab, a pair of stereo speakers and a side-mounted 3.5mm jack that may appeal to those questioning Motorola's decision to lay theirs on the top edge (in landscape) on the Xoom.

Honeycomb is the real sell here, and that's a story for another time. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be made or broken by its ability to compete with other tablets running near identical spec. And that can only be decided in a showdown. We'll be bringing you full reviews of the new crop of Honeycomb tablets very soon.

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