The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is Samsung’s follow-up to the Galaxy Tab 7.0–released in early 2011. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs just under 20 ounces and measures 10.1″ (W) x 6.9″ (H) x 0.34″ (D). It’s the same thickness as the Apple iPad 2, but lighter. Unfortunately, the device’s low weight comes at a cost. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 feels flimsy.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes in both gray and white versions. It has a 1GHz dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 application processor, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display (1280×800), a 2.0 MP front camera and 3.0 MP rear camera. The tablet comes with Android 3.1 Honeycomb installed.
As of this writing, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available for $499.99 (US). The current versions only support Wi-Fi connectivity, but a 3G version through AT&T (in the US) is rumored to be launching later this year.
I cracked open the earlier 7-inch Android tablet and couldn’t resist giving its larger sibling the same treatment.
Full teardown gallery: Cracking Open the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Cracking Open observations
- Has tri-wing external screws.
- The back cover bends easily and feels flimsy.
- The back cover is held in place with very strong adhesive tape. I worried about breaking the cover when removing it.
- The battery is replaceable.
- It has a clean, efficient internal layout.
- Samsung used chips found in other tablets, such as the following:
- 1GB Samsung LPDDR2 chip (same as HP TouchPad)
- 16GB SanDisk NAND flash chip (same as Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0)
- Atmel touchscreen controller (same type as Motorola XOOM)
- Invensense three-axis gyroscope (same as BlackBerry PlayBook)
- Wolfson CODEC (same as BlackBerry PlayBook)
- Samsung LCD driver (same as Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0)
Our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 test unit had the following hardware components:
- 1.0 GHz dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 application processor (12B3B452 1113A3)
- 1GB Samsung K4P8G304EC-FGC1 LPDDR2
- 16GB SanDisk SDIN4C2-160 MLC NAND flash chip
- 3MP rear camera
- 2MP front camera
- 6,860mAh Li-polymer battery (10hrs video playback)
- Wolfson WM8994E CODEC
- Atmel mXT1386 touchscreen controller (MXT1386-U EEI QS524)
- Atmel mXT154 touch controllers x3 (MXT154 CU-520)
- Broadcom BCM4330 802.11a/b/g/n MAC/Baseband/Radio with Integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS and FM Transceiver (BCM4330XKFFBG)
- Invensense MPU-3050 three-axis gyroscope
- Silicone Image Sil9234BT HDMI interface
- Samsung CMC6230R LCD driver
- Texas Instruments TPS658624 GPIO
- Texas Instruments LVDS83B power controller
- STMicroelectronics 811C
- 3.5mm headset jack
Daintiest of the Android tablets
My only complaints about the tablet’s construction are the use of tri-wing external screws, the adhesive tape used to secure the back cover, and the device’s flimsy feel. I appreciate Samsung’s efforts to reduce the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s weight, but I would have preferred a more rigid, metal cover.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is sleek, sexy, and light, but also delicate and best kept out of harm’s way.
Update 12/19/2011: This post originally appeared in our TR Dojo blog.