Good morning from Samsung’s CTIA 2011 Mobile Unpacked event. The company has not been shy about throwing its “78910” event tagline around, so we think we know what we’re getting ourselves into. We’re expecting to see a new, 8.9-inch, Galaxy Tab tablet officially welcomed into the Samsung portfolio. We’re also hoping to get a U.S. release date for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was announced last month at Mobile World Congress. Will there be any surprises? A new 7-inch Galaxy Tab? Galaxy S II Mini? Hit the jump to follow our live coverage.
11:34AM:That’s it folks, Sammy just wrapped up. That was fast quick and dirty! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our hands-on posts. Thanks for reading!
11:33AM:Wi-Fi only 16GB 10.1 Tab will retail for 499 dollars and 32Gb will retail for 599 dollars.
11:33AM:Wi-Fi only 16GB 8.9 Tab will retail for 469 dollars and 32Gb will retail for 569 dollars.
11:32AM:Hmmm, we’re going to have to do this the old fashioned way:
11:31AM:Wi-Fi only 16GB 8.9 Tab will retail for $469 and 32Gb will retail for $569.
11:30AM:Release dates: Early summer for 8.9, June 6th for 10.1.
11:29AM:Pricing and availability of Tab 8.9: Wi-Fi 16GB and 32GB versions for $469 and $569 respectively.
11:29AM:Pricing and availability of Tab 10.1: Wi-Fi 16GB and 32GB versions for $499 and $599 respectively.
11:28AM:“With Samsung it’s all about choice. For me, I pick the 10.1 because I like watching my favorite movies and TV shows on the go. But we don’t believe in the one-size fits all.”
11:27AM:Specs: 8.6mm, 470grams, same display, dual-core processor, 6000mAh battery with 10 hour life.
11:26AM:“All the functionality of the Tab 10.1 with more mobility.”
11:25AM:“We wanted to design a tablet for consumers looking for a little bit more mobility. So now, we’re introducing the Galaxy Tab 8.9.”
11:24AM:Nick is taking a seat, Omar is back up for “more surprises.”
11:24AM:Samsung has a few accessories, including the Samsung Stick, a Bluetooth microphone that can be carried in a pocket like a pen. A sound dock with powered subwoofer.
11:22AM:Hardware-based encryption, Cisco AnyConnect support, QuickOffice pre-installed.
11:21AM:“The Galaxy Tabs are ready for business. They will be the most enterprise friendly tablets on the market.”
11:20AM:Nick is talking Video Hub: DLNA support, Flash 10.2, Music tracks, 1080p video playback, all integrated.
11:19AM:Nick DiCarlo is now on stage.
11:18AM:We will be announcing more about TouchWiz 4.0 soon, so stay tuned.
11:16AM:“TouchWiz 4.0 UX is designed specifically for Android 3.0.”
11:16AM:“We will full support 4G connectivity.”
11:15AM:Specs: 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, HSPA+ with LTE models on the forizon. 8.6 millimeters thick. Thinnest in market. 595 grams, lightest 10-inch tablet in market. Added an easy-grip material to the back. High definition PLS display. 6800mAh battery for 10 hours of use.
11:13AM:“The improved tablet is as thin as the Galaxy S II smartphone.”
11:13AM:We’re back. Omar Khan: “With the Galaxy Tab 10.1, we went back to the drawing board to create the thinnest and lightest tablet. So without further ado, the new and improved Galaxy Tab 10.1”
11:10AM:We’re seeing a video narrative about why certain users love their Galaxy Tab.
11:08AM:“Samsung is striving to releasing products that are successors to the Galaxy Tab”family. We consider what fits consumers and business users the best? What is the best size? We’re about delivering products that fit out consumers unique needs.”
11:06AM:Mr. Shin has left the stage. Kim Titus is back and has introduces Omar Kahn.
11:06AM:“Now I invite you to sit-back and enjoy our unpacked event, and prepare to be surprised.”
11:05AM:“According to consumer research, people expect different experience for different screen sizes. Today, we will introduce two new tablets into our Tab family. They will delivery the best experience and satisfy consumers of every lifestyle.”
11:04AM:JK Shin, is now onstage. “I was here just a month ago at Mobile World Congress, in that time Samsung has created some surprises to show you today.”
11:03AM:“Today, we invite you to this event to gain insight into Samsung’s Tab life.”
11:02AM:Kim Titus is on stage
11:00AM:Lights are down, here we go.
10:50AM:Alright, we’re in our seats. The event should begin in roughly 10 minutes. We’ll be back with updates then!