Jun 17th, 2011

We didn’t need a press release to let us know that the Tab 10.1 would be here today, but Samsung sent one anyway. Following a brief period of New York City exclusivity, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now available for all in America to purchase. You’re getting a 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet with Samsung’s TouchWiz customizations. (Don’t worry – they don’t hurt the experience.)

The usual specs for a Honeycomb tablet are here – a 1280×800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and more. You’re also getting a 3 megapixel shooter on the back and a VGA shooter on the front for video calls.

Initially, only 16GB and 32GB WiFi models are available, costing $500 and $600 each. The slimmest Honeycomb tablet, and the slimmest tablet period, is worth every penny, though, as I stated in my review. And don’t let the lack of a USB port deter you as Samsung will soon be shipping adapters for that 30-pin proprietary connector they elected to include.

A major downside for most will be the lack of an external storage option. This will be especially frustrating for Mac users who are left in the dark at the moment when it comes to file transfer via USB. The 4G models coming soon will have these ports, though, so some of you may want to hold out for those.

The Samsung Tablets section at AndroidForums.com is already crawling with owners who’ve had the device in their hands as early as June 8th as well as those who have yet to bite the bullet. It’s exclusive to Best Buy so hit your local store up when they open today if you’re up to buy one.

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