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Feb
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We're at the Samsung booth at MWC this afternoon, and first on our list were Samsung's newest Tabs - the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. The devices are actually fairly similar - same processor, same cameras, microSD card slot, and 3G SIM card slot. Both are also running Android 4.0, which is pretty standard fare for tablets these days. They even share very similar, very plasticky rear covers.

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In fact, on paper, both of these devices are actually very boring. But there's a key piece of information Samsung hasn't announced about these devices: pricing. Both are obviously intended for lower price points, as opposed to new flagship hardware. This strategy makes sense. With the Kindle Fire, ASUS's new $250 Tegra 3 tablet, and a bevy of other cheap tablets on the market, Samsung must be looking into extending its success on the high-end into the mid-range. Still, the run-of-the-mill specifications are a little difficult to get too excited about, given that things like ASUS's quad-core budget tablet would presumably run circles around them.

Using the devices wasn't particularly exciting, either. Ice Cream Sandwich ran smoothly, but not to such an extent as to really impress us. Again, it all comes down to how these devices are priced, and we are expecting that price to be cheap, hopefully very cheap. Check out our hands-on, below:

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.

  • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays GarciaM25

    Selling these for anywhere near their previous $499 / 599 price points would be a disaster.... I really like my SGT10.1 running AOKP CM9 ICS, but it certainly has some room for improvement, and this isn't it for me. To "upgrade" past my current model, Samsung knows they need to get me into the Note 10.1 or 11.6 (wherever that is!), this would be for first-time-buyers who haven't had the SGT10.1 already and needs to be priced accordingly for sure

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It has to be cheaper than that, otherwise who would buy the Tab 2 10.1 when you can get the Note 10.1 with better specs and stylus support? Not me, that's for sure.

    • Jon Garrett

      +1

      there's no way Id upgrade from my 10.1 to this which is basically the same tablet but uglier.

      I want the mythical 11.6" bezel-less beast with a quad core processor, 2gb of ram, expansion ports and a super high res display that will crush the iPad 3.

  • Topgun

    If it is over 200 for the 10 and 150 for the 7 these will be mega flops. I doubt they will break double digit sales.

  • maxkobi

    ever wonder if there just stuffing all there old hardware into "new" units just to sell them?

  • http://www.tabletreviewstoday.com Jake

    Samsung Galaxy tab 2 is currently the best tablet according to me, though it's a bit pricey as everyone knows.

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