GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) Product Image (4)

Samsung this morning took the wraps off yet another Galaxy device, and its first to run Android 4.0, the Galaxy Tab 2. This new Tab looks to be a cross between a downgraded Tab 7 Plus and a sequel to the original Galaxy Tab from the days of old. Here's a quick look at what this device has to offer:

  • 7-inch 1,024x600 PLS TFT display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8/16/32GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 3MP rear shooter, VGA front
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • HSPA+ 21
  • Android 4.0 with Touchwiz UX

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The Tab 2 is set to land in the UK in March and then branch out globally. There's no official word on pricing yet, but judging by these specs, we're fully expecting it to enter with a budget price tag.

Samsung expands the GALAXY Tab range with GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) powered by the AndroidTM 4.0 and a 1GHz dual core processor

Prague, February 13, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today introduced its first line-up of tablets for 2012 with the launch of the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0), expanding the choice of tablets to customers. Light and portable, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) is the ideal personal on-the-go device, available in 3G and WiFi versions. Starting from UK, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will be launched in global market from March.

“Two years ago, Samsung GALAXY Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.”

Samsung’s first Android 4.0 Tablet

Samsung’s first Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)-powered tablet offers a variety of new and improved Android OS features. An upgraded Android Market enables access to more than 400,000 applications which can be enjoyed across phones or tablets. Furthermore, a more intuitive user interface includes the ability to swipe-control applications as well as a wholly redesigned app gallery for easier sharing of content. The new OS’s vastly faster performance and response times across multiple applications is further enhanced by HSPA+ 21Mbps or WiFi connectivity.

Additionally, Android 4.0 includes a selection of embedded Google applications that enables users to quickly launch sites and applications that they use frequently; meanwhile, the innovative Face Unlock feature unlocks the tablet through unique facial recognition software.

A complete experience with enriched multimedia content

The GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) offers users easy multimedia access, playback and sharing experiences with Samsung Hub services. Samsung’s Music Hub provides a full music store solution with access to over 17 million tracks. Additionally, the Readers Hub provides the user with access to over 2.3 million e-books, 3,500 magazines and over 2,000 newspapers in 51 languages, while the Game Hub instantly connects users to the latest game titles. Samsung is also introducing the Video Hub, which offers over 1,000 film titles for purchase or rent, and provides reviews, trailers and recommendations for easier content selection using the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0).

Complementing the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)’s multimedia offering is Samsung’s upgraded Touchwiz user interface that features Hub widgets for one-step access to users’ content in Hubs; the device also presents S Suggest, a new service offering recommendations of apps suited to users’ tastes directly on a home screen.

The GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)’s superb multimedia experience is further boosted by Samsung’s AllShare Play, a new content-sharing service available for the first time on any Samsung mobile device. AllShare Play allows users to play or live-stream their multimedia content on their GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) from PCs, other Samsung smart devices as well as third-party web storages. Users can also easily transfer content to other devices or directly to web services.

Better Communication Capabilities

Connecting socially has never been easier with GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)’s built-in powerful communication capabilities.With the voice call capability, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) can be used just as easily as a phone, affording users the handy convenience of a second device in case they misplace their primary phone. It also lets users to spontaneously arrange multi-party video calls via Google+ hangouts, as well as engage in group chats or micro-communities to collectively chat or share content. In addition, ChatON, Samsung’s cross-platform communication service, connects all phone users of any platform into a single community. ChatON uses phone numbers instead of ID and passwords, and provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in various formats—images, video, voice, contacts—to make messaging simple and intuitive.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • TareX

    This actually looks like something I would have bought my parents if it had only arrived a bit earlier. I went for the Transformer Prime, as the only decent ICS offering out there.

  • http://www.sleepless-tech.com Rob deJuana-Matthews

    It seems that this tablet has a more "touchwizzed" version of Android than the 7.0 Plus (Note the icons). Add to that the lower clock speed on the processor, and the apparent lack of LED flash in the picture, and it seems that this may in fact be Samsung's "budget" tablet. If it is a sub $300 tablet that competes with the 7-in $250 ASUS transformer, this makes sense.

  • Bill Collier

    I would assume this is to compete with the kindel fire, the interesting part will be the price. For a book reader, it will take some mativating price and funtionality competition to capture their attention away from Amazon.

  • Tkun

    This shouldn't cost any more than $199, in my opinion, especially with the $250 quad-core ASUS tablet around the corner.

    • TJ

      I agree, Samsung has to hit this right in the pricing area to compete. All they need is a lower end model around $199 to $250 no more. This could really put them on the map from a competitive point of view, IF IF they price it right!!!! I'm amazed they haven't done it yet especially seeing that Asus always beats all of them price wise!! How can Asus have same components and higher processors and still underprice their products to beat the major brands?? I don't get it!!

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

        Asus has been in the world of manufacturing the motherboards and chipsets for a lot of other companies. They are doing more work in-house (and in many cases are providing components to their competitors, much like Samsung does with screens), so they save a lot of money there.

        Oh yeah, and Asus has historically targeted markets outside the US, so they aren't used to inflating the price yet like Moto and Samsung ;)

  • Darkseider

    Fail. Let's announce a 7 inch rehash with ICS while our flagship 10.1 flounders and awaits the update.

  • ABN6176

    I guess that means a G Tab 2 7.0 Plus and a G Tab 2 7.7 will possibly be down the road...

  • behelit

    Why didn't they just put ics on one of the existing tabs, this doesn't seem much different

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      Agreed, given that spec-wise this is painfully similar to other hardware already on the market. This makes me glad that CM9 is just around the corner for the Tab 10.1, I'm ready for an upgrade to mine.

      Also doesn't make much sense to make your first ICS tablet come to market as the budget mid-ranger instead of an early run flagship. Besides Asus it doesn't seem like anybody was that interested in putting ICS onto a tablet (which I feel needed the upgrade more than our phones).

  • Chris Webster

    This shouldn't even be close to $200. Chinese tablets have been going for under $160 (shipping included) with better specs than this.

    • gosa

      Would you care to link to a few of those chinese alternatives? Preferrably one with a bit of community support.

      Not asking as a sceptic - I'm actually interested in "broadening" my view a bit to possibly find my next tablet after the ZTE V9.

  • Sakuja

    He should work for "Deutsche Bahn"..

    that's one hell of an ugly accent..