Samsung Debuts Two New Galaxy Tab 3 Tablets For June Launch

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is set to debut June 8 exclusively at Best Buy's Union Square store in New York City, Samsung announced today. The tablet will be available in 16GB and 32GB WiFi versions at the store, and preorders through Best Buy's stores and website will also open that day for the Tab's nationwide launch on June 17.

The Tab 10.1 is shipping with the recently released Android 3.1 Honeycomb combined with Samsung's TouchWiz UI running on a Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor. The battery powers the tablet for up to 9 hours, according to Samsung, and two cameras are embedded in the casing: 3 megapixels on the back, and 2 megapixels on the front.

Samsung's new tablet is slightly thinner and lighter than the Motorola Xoom and the iPad, but it has the same 1280x800 screen resolution as the Xoom. The company also notes that the new Tab will be able to play back 1080p video content through an HDMI connection with the right adaptor or dock.

The WiFi versions of the Tab 10.1 are priced at $499 for 16GB and $599 for 32GB. Samsung still has said little about its pricing or timing for 3G or 4G versions of the Tab 10.1, though Verizon indicates it intends to carry a 4G LTE version of the Tab 10.1.

Update: Verizon has announced that it plans to make the 4G LTE Tab 10.1 available for preorder on June 8 as well. The Verizon Tab 10.1 will come in 16GB and 32GB configurations for $529.99 and $629.99, respectively ($30 more than their WiFi counterparts) with a two-year contract.

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