Hands-on with the newest Honeycomb-powered tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Unveiled Sunday night in Barcelona, Spain, on the eve of Mobile World Congress, the Tab 10.1 is the successor to the smaller, less powerful Galaxy Tab, and features a 10.1″ display, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset and NVIDIA GeForce GPU, and full 1080p HD video capture and playback.
Tab 10.1 will ship with the stock version of Google’s Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” operating system, seemingly without Samsung’s TouchWiz user experience or any other changes to the OS. No availability information was given out at the event – though the wine and tapas were flowing freely – but given that Samsung chose to go with NVIDIA’s processors instead of waiting for their own dual-core chips to be production ready, I’m betting we’ll see Tab 10.1 the market soon. Especially since there’s that pesky Motorola Xoom to compete with.
My hands-on video definitely shows some laginess, so hopefully Samsung and Google can work that out before Tab 10.1 ships. But the device felt quite good in the hand, especially for such a large form factor, and I’m very into the whole dual-camera thing on tablets. Honeycomb honestly isn’t all that exciting to me on the surface, but the dual-core and GPU optimizations under the hood definitely have me excited for these tablets to ship.
Check out the video and look for much more tablet coverage all week from MWC!