Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets UK launch date

It launched in the US back in June and we've been waiting ever since on word of a UK launch. Now we have it - and a date - which is 3 August 2011. A week tomorrow if you like.

Presumably it will land with the promised Android 3.1 upgrade, but that's not been confirmed. One to ask the salesperson in Currys or PC World, the two places where you'll be able to pick one up. If you want it on that first day, you'll need to go to the Currys and PC World Tottenham Court Road branch in London, which will sell it from 5pm. Sounds a bit like the iPad 2 launch, although we don't expect there to be anything like the queues or hype.

If you want to wait (or don't happen to be near central London), 4 August is the date for you. The Wi-Fi version will be available exclusively for a month from that date, both online and in Currys and PC World stores across the country. Price? Depending on the model you go for, the starting price of the slimline tablet is £399.

We got hands-on with the tablet a while back, and you can see our thoughts on the Tab 10.1 here. As you might have guessed, it's a 10.1-inch tablet with Android Honeycomb for the OS, complete with a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor to keep things ticking along. Can it compete with the iPad 2? Technically, it almost certainly can. Whether it can capture the hearts of the public is an altogether different matter.

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