While the other day it was the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with two versions varying in thickness in the news, the other slightly smaller tablet from Samsung – the Galaxy Tab 8.9 – has found itself embroiled in another controversy where thickness is again the center of it all.
Much of the Galaxy Tab 8.9’s super slim profile is due to Samsung making use of a special G1F screen for the touchscreen, which is a lot thinner than than most other screen. Also, the use of G1F touch panels has been the key to the tablet achieving a record breaking 8.6 mm thickness. However, with not enough G1F panels in supply, Samsung is left with no other option but to look elsewhere to shore up its supplies. However, in a move that will surely irk many, Samsung has resorted to the use of GFF or Glass Fiber Filter panels to fit onto the Galaxy Tab 8.9s.
Now what makes the GFFs less likable is the fact that not only are these 30 to 40 percent thicker than their G1F counterparts but have less of a light transmittance property. What this means in real world terms is that the 8.9s with GFF will be a bit dimmer than the version with the G1F displays.
Also, all of these point out to the usual Samsung strategy to have different versions of the same product for different markets. So while the US is certain to have the G1F enabled Galaxy Tab 8.9s, it remains to be seen who the unlucky ones will be to have the slightly less capable 8.9s. Samsung, though isn’t confirmed. Samsung stated: “There is nothing certain about the specifications of the 8.9-inch version of the product with the 10.1-inch model having yet to hit the market.”
Meanwhile, in another developments, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is all set to invade the Canadian tablet market this July. However, as it has been elsewhere, the Wi-Fi only versions will be on offer initially. The 3G counterparts won’t be ready before August with companies like Roger, Bell, and Telus being the likely telecom partners. There is no pricing information yet.