On general release from tomorrow today, the 4th of August onwards, but available to some eager early adopters yesterday afternoon, we dutifully queued up with the Android faithful to be among the first in the UK to get hold of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - the first Honeycomb tablet from Samsung and the successor to last year’s 7-inch Froyo-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The tablet we’ve got here is a little different from the original Tab 10.1 we saw earlier this year which was later to be rebranded the Galaxy Tab 10.1V.

It’s altogether a much slimmer and smoother proposition, opting for curved, rounded edges (a la the iPad 2) and a gleaming plastic case, as opposed to the textured cover of the original. The main, rear-facing camera has also taken a spec tumble, 3-megapixels down from the original 8. But we’re fine with that - it’s always going to be easier taking pictures on a smaller, more portable phone than it is on a larger, more unwieldy tablet. So we’ll forgive Samsung for not including Carl Zeiss optics and a mechanical zoom here.

Available in two hues (black and white) and coming in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavours, it’ll be the Wi-Fi only versions that go on sale tomorrow. Samsung told us that the with the 3G versions are on course to arrive “later this month” - stay tuned for further info on this.

In the end, we opted for a 16GB edition in pearly white (to go with the white Galaxy S2 that we’ll be buying next month, of course).

So before we crack on with our Tab 10.1 review, enjoy these hands-on shots of the white wonder.

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