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Feb
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Almost a week ago, we got a peek at the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Sammy's latest 7" iteration of the Galaxy Tab line. As expected, the Korean manufacturer has just unveiled the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 - the 7.0's bigger, badder counterpart.

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Look familiar? The Tab 2 10.1's form factor is reminiscent of the 10.1n, with an added touch of style to the forward-oriented speaker grills. As for the Tab 2's specs, here's what we know so far:

  • 10.1" 1280x800 PLS TFT display
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with TouchWiz UX)
  • VGA front shooter and 3MP main camera
  • 16/32GB Internal storage, expandable via MicroSD
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1GHz Dual-core processor
  • HSPA+ 21MBps 850/900/1900/2100 connectivity (in the non Wi-Fi variant)
  • Incredible 7,000 mAh battery

Many of the specs above should look familiar too, as they are shared with the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. The notable exception being that Sammy has graciously added a MicroSD expansion slot to the Tab 2 10.1, so users can put even more media on a device that really offers a great experience. Evidently, the Tab 2 10.1 will start selling in the UK in March, presumably with an international launch to follow. We'll be here, as always, with any new details that emerge.

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Source: Samsung Mobile Press

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    Weird, after the initial run of 3.0 tablets came out it looked like Asus and Samsung would be the front runners for a while. Asus kept up their part of that goal while this makes it look like Samsung might be throwing in the towel? A re-release of a product that's now kinda old and substantially behind the competition just doesn't track as very logical, even off-brand budget tablets are coming out with these specs.

  • caliber

    It's bizarre, but Samsung seems to be re-branding its flagship Galaxy Tab line as the low-end models.

    Galaxy Tab 7.0 2 is trounced by the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus and double trounced by the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

    Maybe they figured their product line wasn't confusing enough.

    • Jon Garrett

      Maybe they'll surprise us and show us their real 'flagship' the bezel-less 11.6" Quad Core Galaxy Tab 11.6

  • Himmat

    This is sick. Why not just release an update for the original 10.1? Oh I forgot, they want to milk customers for all they are worth.

    Anyways, the good thing is (hopefully) since the original 10.1 and this revised model are nearly identical in terms of specs and hardware (only screen res diff), the ICS update to the 10.1 should be on the near horizon.

    Let's just hope Samsung doesn't purposely delay the ICS update just so they can sell these tablets first. If so, I'd never ever get a Samsung tab.

    • billyJoeBob

      What's the difference if Sammy holds the update. As soon as the new model hits the shelf with ICS the devs will extract it and the updates will fly.

  • Jesta

    A MicroSD slot? About time!

  • Topgun

    Meh, CM9 running on my Tab 10.1 and with Box and other things don't really need the microsd Kinda disappointed here. Was hoping for quad core.

  • Ishken

    I think they are pushing a 10.1 inch Galaxy Note which may become the new flagship tablet. http://mobileworld2012.mobil.se/2012/02/25/smygtitt-pa-samsungs-nya-platta/
    The blogger talks about a Samsung display at the hotel across from where the MWC is being held. Sounds like the success of the GNote is having Samsung change its ideas around its tablets.

  • Roger

    If only they would start having standard micro USB connectors and then I'd be really happy. Proprietary cables really suck. I don't mind if it has both proprietary and standard, but proprietary only is beyond annoying.

  • memememe

    This is just "#"¤&/#>. I don't want an iPad3 but ffs, sammys tablet barely got more pixels than my GNex and the iPad is said to have 2048x1536. Let's hoope something better comes along, something with better screen and hopefully some PowerVR-cream :)

  • ian

    What happened to the 11.6 inch iPad 3 rival Galaxy Tab??
    Hope this Is still to be announced..

  • tntmeister

    Another case perhaps where Sammy is waiting for the iPad 3 to come out before they release the new-new tab with quad core, higher res, etc?

    These specs are just ridiculous considering the transformer prime and the ipad rumors.

  • Lavi Wolf

    No new device. Same old thing + SD card.

  • Kostas

    lol fail. Old Market icon in the first picture. Samsung, Y U NO PROFESSIONAL?!

  • http://www.academia-nutcrackers.com Sven Enterlein

    Apple will sue them for releasing almost the same hardware with a "2" added to the old name!

    • Roger

      The German courts already ruled that Apple's design patents don't apply to the Euro Galaxy with side speakers. This release just brings that feature (along with SD slot) to the rest of the world.

  • L boogie

    This would beg the question, why not come out with this in the first place? With the exception of ics, nothing about this tab is unfamiliar and I'd rather wait for the 11.6 beast which should be coming later on

    • Disinform

      I think they did.

  • Rob

    As much as I was befuddled that the original GALAXY Tab™ 10.1 didn't have a microSD card slot, I must agree with "Topgun" that there is little need for such a hardware enhancement given the availability of cloud storage services.

    I'm hope now is that this "re-release" pushes the price of the original GALAXY Tab™ 10.1 down even a little bit. It's currently $448 at Amazon® (for 16GB), but I'd love to see it fall below $400. ;-)

    Also seems Samsung® is taking cues from the Apple® tablet playbook. The GALAXY Tab™ 3 will probably introduce other missing features. It's a revenue-generating thing after all.

    • L boogie

      I'm quite sure a price drop is inevitable considering there are more tabs coming down the pipeline like the iPad killers' killer, the Tab 11.6 :-) or Asus transformer 2 or t700ft etc.... But as you said, it's a money making thing so things like this would happen

    • Aux

      I got my GalaxyTab 10.1 for $348 at a Wally World right before xmas.

  • http://www.shashwat.in Shashwat Nagpal

    but why add a release for just a microSD... what the point.. really!

  • Liam Vain

    Are we sure it's using a Tegra 2? If it's using another Duel-Core processor, Exynos for example, I'll be happy.

    Hopefully down-clocked Exynos 4212, Mali-400 or, if we're blessed, Mali-T604 + Micro-SD.