The Galaxy is expanding: Samsung to introduce larger 10.1 Tab

As 2011’s horde of tablet challengers bear down upon the iPad the original tablet alternative Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is set to receive a sizeable upgrade literally. The Tab range is expanding to include the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 which will offer a 10.1-inch screen significantly larger than the 7-inch screen that ships with the original.

This bump up in terms of screen real estate means the 10.1 can offer a decidedly higher WXGA resolution at 1280 x 800 pixels markedly improving on the first Tab’s 1024 × 600 display (and also beating the iPad’s 1024 x 768 resolution achieved at 9.7 inches).

Essentially this elevates the web browsing experience from a netbook-level compromised display where many sites simply aren’t viewable at optimal levels to a much more practical (and finessed) degree and the bigger screen is also leading Samsung to tout the 10.1 as an “Entertainment Powerhouse”. Or as DJ Lee Samsung’s Executive Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing said: “it enables users to enjoy multimedia to the maximum extent without having to compromise mobility.”

Bolstering this claim are the Tab 10.1’s other specs. It will run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) on a 1GHz dual-core CPU features dual-surround sound speakers an 8MP rear-facing camera (2MP front-facing) Flash 10.1 support and will be available in 16GB and 32GB incarnations. All this at a feather 600g and just 10.9mm thick.

It will be interesting to see if Samsung’s lead on the other manufacturers shows: the 10.1 will be Samsung’s second tablet implementing Android and is expected to be released in the US in March. This timeframe will put it up against a strong field of competitors: namely Apple’s iPad 2 Motorola’s Xoom RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook HP’s TouchPad and LG’s G-Slate (you can read more on this grouping here).

In terms of a local release Vodafone (who will be first to market with the device internationally) has confirmed it will carry the 10.1 in Australia but is not releasing further details as yet. Watch this space.