These New Android Tablets Will Be Thinner And Lighter Than The iPad 2

Samsung and HTC officially unveiled new tablets at the CTIA conference in Florida.

Most surprisingly was Samsung’s redesign of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was originally introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Spain a few weeks ago. Samsung also introduced a 8.9 inch version of the Tab.

Both Samsung tablets run Android 3.0 Honeycomb and are thinner and lighter than the iPad 2. The 10.1 will be released on June 8th and the 8.9 will be released early this summer.

Sprint announced the HTC EVO View 4G, a seven-inch tablet based on the Flyer tablet unveiled at MWC. But unlike most new Android tablets, the View will only run version 2.3 Gingerbread instead of the tablet-optimised Honeycomb. It will be released this summer.

Here’s a breakdown of the specs for the three tablets:

samsung 10.1 galaxy tab

Photo: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1:

  • 10.1 inch screen
  • Dimensions: 1.3 pounds and 0.34 inches thick (lighter and thinner than the iPad 2)
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • Cameras: 3 MP rear and 2 MP front-facing with 720p video and LED flash
  • 1 GHz dual core processor
  • 16 GB ($499) or 32 GB ($599) wifi-only models
  • USB 2.0 and Bluetooth
samsung 8.9 galaxy tab

Photo: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9:

  • 8.9 inch screen
  • Dimensions: 1.04 pounds and 0.34 inches thick
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • Cameras: 3 MP rear and 2 MP front-facing with 720p video and LED flash
  • 1 GHz dual core processor
  • 16 GB ($469) or 32 GB ($569) wifi-only models
  • USB 2.0 and Bluetooth
HTC View 4G Tablet

Photo: Sprint

HTC EVO View 4G:

  • 7.7 inch screen
  • 0.5 inches thick and 0.93 pounds
  • 3G and 4G mobile hotspot supporting up to eight devices
  • Available on Sprint’s 4G network
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 32 GB of internal memory
  • Cameras: 5 MP rear and 1.3 MP front facing with HD video
  • Wifi and Bluetooth 3.0
  • No pricing available yet

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