Pre-orders likely by 1 June 2011
Updated: 3 June 2011
Harvey Norman is about to start taking pre-orders for the new Samsung 10.1 Tablet 2 (version 1 in the USA).
No further information is available but the Samsung Australia Website has updated its support section to include a P7500 16mb only old non 10.1 information is there currently , but that is good or bad if you are holding out hope if a MicroSD Card, as 16GB unit might hint at an upgradeable memory.
Reviews on thai sites, rusisan sites and some retailers suggest a microsd card is on board also, but other sites suggest it is not.
20 May 2011
by Loren aka @mr_internet
With out much fanfare retail computer shops are discussing exact pre-order dates for the next big thing to hit in computer tablets.
Though there are some unanswered questions, and though it has not been formally announced, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet PC 10.1 version 2, is about to land in Australia and be sold around a week after it is launched in the USA. The USA has announced a 8 June launch date with Australia launching around the 15th of June. Retailers that will be stocking the device are already considering pre-orders dates such as June 1.
The new thinner 10.1 is viewed by many as biggest competition yet for the Apple iPad2, and is one of many new tablets, showing up in all places that sell laptops now. Many of these will be running the more open and very new Google Android Honeycomb Operating System 3.0 that is already getting an update to 3.1.
The Apple iPads run on the Apple iOS operating system that has not changed much in over 4 years, a long time in the marketplace.
The new s10.1 not only resembles the Apple iPad2, it is slightly wider, and lighter as well as being thinner. It is of course also lighter and thinner than it’s only 4 week old predecessor 10.1V that launched in May, a limited edition model that is being sold exclusively by Vodafone.
The 10.1V also has a better quality camera than the newer, thinner 10.1 (8MP vs 3MP).
The older version 10.1V is being sold to other markets across the globe but outside the USA only.
Another popular tablet the Motorola Xoom is landing in Australia (exclusive to Telstra initially) the end of May, with the other shops selling the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 just 2 weeks later.
One of the advantage of the new more open Android tablets is that when connected to a PC or a Mac computer it appears like any other external hard drive allowing folders to be set up and files transferred to the devices much easier than the iPad that requires the iTunes interface only. Also new applications purchased for the Android device on a computer can be downloaded wirelessly on local networks to multiple Android devices.
The fast pace dynamics of the tablet market is different around the world with Europe and Australia getting the 10.1V but not the US, and the US getting the Motorola Xoom months before the release in Europe or Australia.
This makes the launch of the Samsung 10.1 a global launch only a week earlier in the USA vs Australia (and likely Europe)
The online community was buzzing when 5-6000 Galaxy 10.1 were given out to mostly rave reviews to attendees at the recent Google i/o 2011.
With the USA not seeing or hearing much about the 10.1V many were confused on discovering the 10.1 is viewed as the second generation model but hardware wise is lower quality than the second generation 10.1, but is thinner, bigger and lighter.
Many believe the 10.1V that was not launched in the USA, because when Apple launched the iPad2, Samsung decided to stop production and introduce the thinner version.
Price is believed to be the same as the Motorola Xoom @$840, but it is not clear the exact detail of the 10.1 Model only it is being referred to as Galaxy Tab 10.1 Version 2 in Australia.
There was a lot of confusion in the marketplace when Australian buyers of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1V were told tablets were being shipped when they had actually been over sold and back-ordered.
It is still not clear if customers will receive the back-ordered stock before the new 10.1 goes on sale. At the same time customers were unknowinly having their tablets back ordered other stores were getting in stock to sell in the shops, making matters worse for Vodafone. Customer service were only told the 10.1V stock was on back order 48 hours later, so only some early orders were assured delivery.
Speaking to a retail buyer for one of the future stockists of the new thinner Samsung Galaxy 10.1 and seeing the orders, it is unclear if stock levels will be adequate. There appears to be no gag order on this information.