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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 beams down on 4 August

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 lands in your hands on 4 August. Samsung has confirmed a late summer launch for the Android powerhouse and iPad 2 rival.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 lands in your hands on 4 August. Samsung has confirmed a late summer launch for the Android powerhouse and iPad 2 rival.

The 10.1-inch tablet is a hair thinner than the iPad 2 and packs a powerful 1GHz dual-core processor. It boasts a 3-megapixel main camera, and a 2-megapixel camera at the front for video calling.

The tablet is powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb, the tablet version of Google's software for mobile devices. It also has a Samsung user interface bolted on, including Social Hub, which shows you email, instant messaging, mobile contacts, calendar and social network connections in one app.

Reviews were largely positive -- if not exactly fired up -- on the US release of the 10.1, as we noted in review roundup. The plastic back and the lack of Honeycomb apps are problems, but the camera, screen and battery life all measure up well against the iPad. Samsung says the UK model will be different in some ways, but it can't do anything about that empty app market.

The Tab 10.1 hits shops in time for the end of Wimbledon and the start of the football season. Samsung also revealed the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be released later this year, but hasn't mentioned a date. The two new Tabs will join the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab on shop shelves.

Samsung hasn't confirmed one crucial detail -- the price of the 10.1. Will you be investing in a Tab 10.1 in the first week of August, and how much are you prepared to spend? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook wall.