Vodafone gets new Samsung 10-inch Android tablet

First Honeycomb device to hit Aussie shores

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet will launch on the Vodafone network when it arrives in Australia this year.

Despite recent troubles at Vodafone over its network quality, Samsung will stick with the mobile-only carrier in keeping with a global arrangement.

Vodafone customers in more than 20 markets around the world will get the Galaxy Tab 10.1 when it goes on sale in the next quarter, according to Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s group director of terminals.

“Samsung have produced a stylish, market-leading implementation of the new Android 3.0 platform which will be the first Honeycomb device to arrive in many of those markets,” he said.

Locally, Josh Delgado, director of Samsung Australia’s telecommunications division, said he is confident in Vodafone as the choice of carrier for the launch of the new Galaxy Tab.

A spokesperson for Samsung in Australia said the Vodafone deal will be exclusive for a certain time after which the Tab 10.1 will be available on other networks.

When available, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is likely to be the first tablet running Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” available in Australia.

Honeycomb has a new user interface designed for the larger-screened tablets rather than smartphones which run the 2 series of Android.

Pricing and plans for the new tablet have not yet been announced.

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