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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- hitting shelves at one New York City Best Buy (BBY) Wednesday before rolling out nationwide Friday, June 17 -- is officially the thinnest tablet on the market.


Operating system: Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)

network: Wi-fi only

screen size: 10.1 inches

screen details: 1280 by 800 WXGA touchscreen

processor: Dual-core, 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2

camera: 2-megapixel front-facing; 3-megapixel on back.

memory: 16GB, 32 GB

price: $500 (16GB), $600 (32 GB)

arrival date: June 8 in New York, June 17 nationwide

The tablet we first heard about back in March at the

CTIA conference

in Orlando, Fla., the Galaxy Tab 10.1 boasts wonderful numbers for a device with such a big screen. It comes in at 8.6 millimeters thick and weighs 1.25 pounds, which compares with the

iPad 2's 1.33.

The thinness of the Galaxy Tab's outer shell helps make this big tablet comfortable to handle.

The Tab's battery life is the best out of any



Android tablet we've tested so far. The 7,000-mAh monster inside is rated at 9 hours of continuous use; in our quick test period, we were able to squeeze out around 8 hours. We also believe that run time will improve after a number of additional charge/discharge cycles.

We found the Tab to be fast and accurate. Going from app to app -- like from Gmail to


to YouTube -- there is little-to-no hesitation. Opening and closing every installed app we tried was almost instantaneous.

There are other versions of the 10.1 coming as well -- especially intriguing will be



version, which will come with an LTE cellular modem. (You can pre-order June 8 there, as well.)Announced prices for Verizon's Galaxy Tab will be $30 more than the plain Wi-fi-only models mentioned above -- and don't forget you'll have to agree to a data service plan to get one.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

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Gary Krakow is


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