CrunchGear is reporting that the Italian site HDblog has received exclusive details on Samsung's least-publicized new tablet product: the Galaxy Tab Seven (aka, the Galaxy Tab 2). The Seven will be the successor to the wildly unpopular Galaxy Tab, which debuted last fall to almost universally poor reviews (though our own Aaron Gingrich thoroughly enjoyed it). The Galaxy Tab was the first major-manufacturer Android tablet, and it seems based on the new tablet's specifications, Samsung learned a lot from the Tab's less-than-successful run.

Unfortunately, it looks as though they failed to learn from the Tab's biggest failing - the OS. The Galaxy Tab ran Android 2.2 Froyo, a version of Android that is less than optimized for tablet computing. With the release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in New York City, and the upcoming Tab 8.9 - both of which run Honeycomb - we thought Samsung had finally changed its ways and learned to live on the cutting edge. We spoke a bit too soon.

The Galaxy Tab Seven will be running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Yep. So... Why? Well, the 7-inch form-factor, Ice Cream Sandwich, and an anticipated Fall release date are likely to blame. While Honeycomb obviously works on a 7-inch display, the small size does make Honeycomb's rather busy interface a bit crowded. But I think we can all agree that's a pretty lame excuse.


More likely, Samsung knows that Google is merging Honeycomb with Ice Cream Sandwich this Winter, and doesn't want to release a piece of kit that's going to be running outdated tablet software when Christmas rolls around. Instead, they've probably opted to customize the unholy crap out of Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 enhancements from the Galaxy S II and the Tab's big brothers to create a unique user experience in the tablet market. Will an ICS update come? We hope so, but who knows when that'll be. Still, check out the specs, this little guy is packing:

  • Exynos 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM, 2GB ROM
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread w/ TouchWiz 4.0
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • Micro SD slot
  • Tab proprietary connector with USB Host capabilities (via adapter)
  • 7 inch WSVGA IPS display
  • Ability to call, video call and send SMS messages

The Exynos dual-core processor is the really exciting point here - since it'll probably out-perform the Tegra 2 processors in the Tab 10.1 and 8.9. And honestly, if Samsung can deliver an experience on the Tab as smooth as they have on the Galaxy S II, Gingerbread might not be so bad on the somewhat-big screen.

HDblog via CrunchGear

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Larry Warren

    I don't know what rock this guy has been living under, but the Galaxy Tab P1000 and P1010 have had very good reviews overall, and have sold over 6 million units. The standard apps on the Tab ... Calendar, Contacts and Gmail .... look much better than similar apps on the newer Android tablets. I wonder if this guy has ever seen anything but specs for the tablets he writes about.

    • Conchchowder

      I agree. Rooting, and running the European Gingerbread update, make this a fantastic (life-changing...for me) device. I'm running 3-D Tegra-based games with Chainfire, 3-D audio AND video control through Voodoo, phone calls through GroveIP. My GT-P1000 automatically syncs to open WiFi AND when coming home, it senses my home WiFi and turns on my home PC. I have a 16GB unit with a 32GB card. I stream Audiogalaxy from my home HD without having to pay ridiculous cloud storage prices (only fools would pay for cloud storage) and pay $39/month for data through T-Mobile. Any of the issues had have been addressed by the dev community. Anybody who uses Android is well-aware that you aim for the best features of the device, join the dev community and see what kind of action is going on, and buy the device with the best support in that community. Cyanogen is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. David. The people who read this are not iCrap users. We tweak and mod our devices ad nauseum. When you review products, keep this in mind instead of simply presenting something as static/unmutable. I can see the 7+ as being pretty much the same as my 7, so I'm not excited about it...but the 7.7 is thinner, lighter, and brighter 1024x800 vs 1024x600 and Super AMOLED? That's a game-changer. I'll wait for the dev community to grab it and see where they are going before I pick one up.

  • L boogie

    Hmmm remains to be seen until the final product rolls out

  • Jim

    Gingerbread on a tab isn't anything bad. I'm posting this from a rooted nook color running it.

  • sickegg2000

    I don't understand. Since Samsung was just saying they don't want to pack a outdated OS on the Galaxy, why still pack Android 2.3 on it. Google is talking about ICE cream sandwich already at the time. Come on...

  • GW

    I have a verison 7 inch galaxy tab. just bought two of them at $200 each. 2year contract, Maybe its already out dated but I love it. Wish it had that faster processor chip. I think I can wait 2 years more for the next best thing. The more tablet reviews I see, the more i like my tablet. Hotspot, wifi, internet, email, games, music, the tango video calls need improvement. Listening to the radio on it right now as I type this. Keep making them better and lower the costs. Hope they can upgrade the OS wirelessly someday. Nice article.

  • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

    Wow, this has to be one of the worst articles I've seen on this site. I think there is a huge chasm between your opinion and reality.
    I'm not even going to touch on most of the crazy blather above, but will point out that it will run Gingerbread for one very important reason: It's a phone. Honeycomb is not a phone OS.

    • David Ruddock

      Honeycomb has all the functionality of Gingerbread underlying it - including the Android phone functionality, as well as SMS. Hell, both the dialer and messaging apps are inside the Honeycomb OS - they're just hidden.

      There's nothing that makes Honeycomb inferior in terms of phone functionality -it's just Samsung wanting to use TouchWiz - nothing more.

      • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

        So I guess you haven't seen any of the videos of TouchWiz running on the Tab 8.9 and 10.1?
        Honeycomb was designed as a tablet OS. No doubt there is extra functionality in there left over from previous versions, but that doesn't mean they are supported. Until Ice Cream Sandwich is released, the phone and tablet will exist separately on Android. The Galaxy Tab 7 might find itself in a tough spot right in the middle, as some people see it as a tablet, while the rest of the world outside of the US sees it as a phone.

  • Nick M

    I too own an original galaxy tab. As an android enthusiast who doesn't have $500+ to sink into a tablet at the moment, the original G tab has been an awesome purchase. It runs so so many apps that scale perfectly from a phone, that it makes it such a immediately usable tablet.

    • Jer

      I completely agree. With Groove IP, I can make and receive google voice calls. The 7" form factor makes it easy to take my Tab anywhere. Looking forward to the performance increase with Gingerbread, other than that, my Tab has been great.

      • Kevin

        And I agree with Jer. I love my GT7 and since Groove IP was released its the only device I carry - and in my pocket!

        The 10" tablets are good as a laptop replacement, but the 7" Tab makes for a fantastic phone/tablet hybrid. And my apps run perfectly fine.

        So...it's a phone OS. Who cares? Why does it matter? Because the screen is 7" instead of 4? Please......sounds like a lame excuse just to complain about something.

    • Conchchowder

      Ditto. Excellent combination of functionality. Reports show very few people use their iPads after purchase and they wonder why. Could it be that you look stupid walking around with a piece of hardware that big? The GTab elicits more ooohs and ahhhs than any device I've ever carried...and a few, "I wish I woulda's" from iPad owners, squinting into their iPhones. Since May of 2011, I have always had my tablet with me. It has truly been a life-changer.

  • theboss

    i think it will be a big fail if there is no Ice cream sand!!

  • Robert S

    Dont write shit if you dont have a clue.
    Its not because if Samsung HC wasnt planed to the device from the start and why its not on the SGT. So dont throw shit on wrong people.
    And read up on things you write about.

  • Frank R

    Im still waiting for the update for my GT7. I purchased last fall, I love it. I dont even use my laptop anymore. Games, email, texting, pics, video, internet, and apps. I even did my yahoo fanatasy football draft on it. I hope tmobile offers up an update soon.

  • Andrea Ghirardini

    Don't blame on GT. I've one since last year and it's, without any dubt, the device I used more during the last six months. I've also a Galaxy S but it doesn't run so well as the GT.
    Now I move to an another company and I refused the Nokia C3 as business phone and I preferred to put the SIM inside the GT.
    GT followed me on many flights, in Middle East, North Europe and in many different travels/countries.
    Now with the Overcome ROM (Kratos edition) it's even better than before. Don't bother me with bulky tablets... this is a real portable digital experience

    • http://www.carstereosforless.com Henry S

      I too have Galaxy Tab, enabled phone capability, added Overcome ROM latest gingerbread.
      It's a phone
      It's a tablet
      It's a supermachine that fits in the backpocket.

      props to XDA's Overcome ROM. It is insanely awesome. I actually prefer it to the Honeycomb, which I played with for 5months on a 10" Acer A500.

      • Simon

        Which version of the Tab do you have? And how do you make it a phone too? I assume you can't do that with a WiFi only version?

    • Conchchowder

      Fantastic comment.

  • MY

    He-he "universally poor reviews..." - this guy should not be allowed to write technical articles, just gossips about (obviously) iPADS...

  • az

    No doubt the writer only use ipad. Wake up and be sober :D

  • Conchchowder

    Oh...the funny part? It is being released with HC...and he is raving about it...but the 7.7 is going to be HOTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!