Samsung has announced that its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will be available in the UK from 4 August as it looks to go head-to-head with Apple's all-conquering iPad.
Both Wi-Fi and 3G + Wi-Fi versions of the device will be available running on Android Honeycomb 3.1, which has been specifically designed for tablets. It boasts a 10.1in WXGA LCD screen, weighs 565g and is just 8.6mm thick.
It can support network speeds of up to 21Mbit/s and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. A 3-megapixel rear camera, and front-facing 2-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video playback is also included.
The firm also revealed that the third product in the Galaxy Tab range, the 8.9in version, would be available "later this year in the UK" and would weigh 470g with a thickness of 8.6mm. No other information was provided.
The availability of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device in August will mean Samsung has taken a full six months to get the device to market in the UK after it was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a timeframe in which Apple announced and sold several million iPad 2 devices.
No pricing information was given on the device, although it is likely to cost upwards of £400. The pricing of Android tablets is one of the key reasons why Apple is winning the tablet wars, according to Nomura analyst Richard Windsor.
Apple and Samsung are currently embroiled in a bitter legal battle involving alleged patent infringements of each other's products, a battle which saw Samsung request access to iPad 3 and iPhone 5 prototypes. This was subsequently turned down by a US district judge, however.
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