10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab in H1 2011 confirmed first of slate series

Samsung made no disguise of their plan to launch a series of Galaxy Tab slates over the next couple of years when we met them at IFA 2010 a few weeks back, and now what could be the next model in the line-up has been tipped.  Samsung Mobile Ireland manager Gary Twohig refused to tell Siliconrepublic exactly how much the Galaxy Tab would cost, but he did confirm that the company is preparing a 10-inch version for release in the first half of 2011.

Unsurprisingly, that 10-inch Galaxy Tab would also run Android, together with a V8 Javascript engine.  By then, Google are expected to have launched Android 3.0 Gingerbread, complete with native support for larger-screen tablet devices; that should make the bigger Tab a more competitive prospect against its natural competitor, the iPad.

According to the company reps at IFA, Samsung also has smaller versions of the Galaxy Tab scheduled for release in 2011, which would presumably slot in-between the Galaxy S family of Android smartphones and the initial 7-inch model.  They also plan to differentiate between slates by prioritizing functionality like media consumption or creation; for instance, fitting a higher resolution camera and video/photo editing abilities to make a content-creation targeted tablet.

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[via Engadget]