Samsung Introduces Lighter Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung Electronics unveiled a lighter version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PC at Google's IO Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday (local time).

The new device weighs a mere 565 g, 30 g lighter than its prototype introduced at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association Wireless Show in the U.S. in March. The capacity of its battery has increased from 6800 mAh to 7000 mAh.

Hugo Barra, product management director of Google, displays a yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy tablet featuring Android software during a keynote speech at the Google IO Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. /AP-Yonhap Hugo Barra, product management director of Google, displays a yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy tablet featuring Android software during a keynote speech at the Google IO Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. /AP-Yonhap

The upgrade comes amid a fierce battle with the Apple iPad 2. In February, Samsung debuted a 10.9 mm-thick Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighing 599 g. But in March Apple unveiled the iPad 2 weighing 613 g and measuring 8.8 mm thick. This prompted Samsung to improve its device, reducing its thickness to 8.6 mm later in March and weight to 565 g this time.  

The new tablet's launch has been moved forward from June to this month, an insider at Samsung said.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 12, 2011 08:30 KST

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