According to a report by midblog.net, a representative from the Samsung press office has stated the little brother to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be slightly delayed with a release expected in mid-August. No reason was given but suspicions have arisen amid reports from industry mags such as digitimes that touch screen panels might be in short supply and thus Samsung might not be able to get the volume it needs to release the 8.9 until later in the summer. We're looking forward to the 'middle' tab'. Along with the 10.1 it shares the distinction of being the thinnest tablets on sale at the moment...even besting the iPad 2.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is nearly identical in specs to its big brother except it sports an 8.9 inch screen and is slightly lighter. One possible difference may be the inclusion of a mini-USB port or possibly a mini-HDMI - both were rumored to possibly appear on the 8.9 in order to make it more corporate friendly, which is reportedly how Samsung is trying to position the device. As many of you already know the Galaxy Tab 10.1 only has a proprietary 30 pin connector and USB, SDcard and HDMI must all be connected via a dongle accessory. Having direct port access on the 8.9 might be a good selling point to executives on the go and could be a differentiator between the 10.1 and 8.9. midblog.net