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CTIA 2011: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 officially announced – World’s thinnest tablet

We knew it was coming from the leaked information posted earlier, but Samsung has now officially announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9 – the world’s thinnest tablet device.

Weighing in at 470g and only 8.6mm thick, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is one slim and light piece of kit. It features a 8.9-inch WXGA screen with a resolution of 1280×800 – that gives it a better pixel density than the Motorola Xoom tablet, so the screen is crisp and clear. The screen is also capable of displaying full HD 1080p quality video.

A 1GHz Dual-Core processor sits at the core of the device, theres a 3MP camera on the back and a 2MP front-facing lens for clear video calling. The rear camera records video as well, up to 720p High Definition quality.

Samsung have packed Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, HSPA+ (21Mbps) and USB connectivity into the 8.6mm-thick casing, as well as a microSD card slot for memory expansion. There will be three different storage configurations – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

Samsung haven’t yet confirmed an exact release date for the device, and have only said it will be available “this summer” so far.

“The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung’s constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world”, said JK Shin, president and head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

Will you be getting your hands on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 when it comes out? Do you think manufacturers will make a thinner tablet? Let us know, as usual, on our Twitter page.