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Samsung lines up 10.1-inch Android tablet for NZ

So far Samsung's tablet incursion into New Zealand tablet market has been modest, restricted to a a second 7-inch model, running Google's Android 2.1.

Now the company says it's set to launch two new models in its Tab series in May, both through Vodafone*: a 10.1-inch screen model, and a 8.9-inch model. Both are billed as thinner than Apple's iPad (see full tech specs below).

As well as their larger screens, the two new Tabs both run on Android 3.0 - aka Honeycomb - the latest version of Google's mobile software and the first to custom built for tablets - plus support for HSPA+ (the fastest species of 3G).

Both have front and rear cameras and, like all Androids, can display the Flash graphics that cause so much grief for iPad users.

And, again like all Androids, they face the challenge that the Android Marketplace is still relatively barren compared to the iTunes AppStore.

* Although their 850MHz and 2100MHz frequency support means both Tabs will run quite happily on Telecom's XT network, too. 

TECH SPECS (click to zoom):

Comments and questions

May? Really...everywhere around the world says June. Samsung India just confirmed June and Samsung at a press conference in March said June/July

NZ the first to get it, or someone is fibbing.

"and, like all Androids, can display the Flash graphics that cause so much grief for iPad users."

This is complete bullshit. Not every Android device can display Flash by default or well enough to be useful.

It's important to understand Adobe Flash and flash content is designed for PCs. Smartphones and Tablets just don't have enough power to run it, this is partly why Apple excluded flash from it's tablets. But most of the reason was they didn't want people accessing applications written in flash circumventing their App Store and therefore revenue stream (Apple has been very very agressive in protecting it's business model). Android devices have much more freedom. While Android does have support, it isn't exactly smooth, but if you really need to use a Flash-heavy website you can get by. As tablets get better (it's still early days yet!) this issue will be moot. Tablets are still a poor replacement (yet) for a laptop as many new owners are disappointed to find. A laptop costs about the same, yet is far more capable and compatible with existing computing peripherals and functions.