MWC 2011: Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab successor, not called Galaxy Tab 2

Galaxy Tab 10.1 launches in Asia and Europe in March

MWC 2011: Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab successor, not called Galaxy Tab 2

After a leaked MWC 2011 presentation schedule all but confirmed the existence of Samsung's follow-up to the Galaxy Tab, the Korean manufacturer has finally taken the cellophane off Mark II.

Samsung had reportedly shifted 2 million units of the original 7-inch tablet since its release in October 2010, before revealing that figure only referred to shipments to stores, not to end-users.

Despite the slightly misleading sales tally, it's clear Samsung - which has enjoyed much success with its Galaxy S smartphone - believes in the product category as a whole, bolstering its line up by unveiling the tablet's successor: Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Big screen action

As the name implies, the sequel sports a 10.1-inch TFT display with a 1280x800 resolution, compared to the iPad’s 9.7-inch 1024x768 touchscreen.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also features an eight-megapixel camera on back - capable of HD video recording - and a two-megapixel shooter up front for video calling.

A Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor will power Samsung’s re-entry into this increasingly competitive market, toting the tablet-specific flavour of Android known as 3.0 Honeycomb.

March(ing) into town

Available with either 16 or 32GB of storage, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will touch down on Asian and European shores in March, with Vodafone grabbing the exclusive rights, albeit for a limited period.

Details on a US release for what Samsung describes as another slab of pure 'Google Experience' - i.e. no customised TouchWiz layers on top - are sketchy to non-existent, as is any form of pricing structure.