KDDI Japan getting SMT-i9100, stunning custom redesigned Galaxy Tab, early next year

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The second part in a double bill of Samsung Galaxy Tab coverage today is news that the KDDI network in Japan will be getting a custom redesigned Galaxy Tab with a stunning new look and a customized software interface set for release in February 2011. Called the SMT-i9100 with no Samsung branding at all, the tablet sports a landscape-oriented design instead of the original's portrait style, lacks 3G, and has only 4GB of local storage. On the other hand, the removal of built-in 3G is compensated by the provision of a mobile broadband router, like a MiFi, with the additional inclusion of a very sleek docking station as shown above. Apart from that, the hardware and specification between the two devices is identical, including the Android 2.2 OS albeit with the customized interface and apps mentioned earlier.

Personally, I really like the new design and the docking station, probably more so than Samsung's offering. But while the SMT-i9100 looks like a great choice for consumers in Japan, it's almost certain this tablet won't be available anywhere else in the world, with the rest of us having to settle for the original Galaxy Tab. Check out a couple of extra shots of the SMT-i9100 after the jump and let us know which design you prefer in the comments.

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[KDDI via Akihabara News]
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