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 (1280x800), 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
Samsung made the most of the limited space inside the Galaxy Tab 10.1's 0.34" thick case. The internal components are packed together and there's only one large PCB.
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.
Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.