Samsung first unveiled its newest duo of Galaxy Tabs back in February at Mobile World Congress, but left one key element out: pricing and availability. That final veil of mystery has now been removed, as the pair are now officially official.
The Tab 2 7.0 is the replacement for the Tab 7 Plus, but doesn't offer a whole lot in way of upgrade:
- 7-inch 1024x600 TFT display
- 1GHz dual-core TI processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 3.2MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
- Android 4.0 with Touchwiz UX
What the Tab 2 7.0 does do, however, is hit a pretty nice price point: $250. At just $50 more than the Kindle Fire, you can now have a completely full-featured Android tablet. Pre-orders for the Tab 2 7.0 begin today and it should hit retail channels on April 22.
Also announced today is the pricing and release date for the Tab 2 10.1. It basically packs identical specs to its smaller sibling, save for a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display, 16GB of built-in storage (with microSD card slot). The Tab 2 10.1 will be available for $400, with pre-order beginning on May 4th and retail availability on May 13th.
Because two devices is apparently not enough for one PR, Sammy went ahead and announced a couple new Galaxy Players, as well. The Gingerbread-powered Galaxy Player 3.6 ($149) and 4.2 ($199) will be also available on April 22 and May 13th, respectively.
If you're into press releases, pay special attention to the very end of this one - sounds like Sammy is starting to drop some hints for that other tablet we're all waiting on.
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today unveils the latest additions to the popular Samsung Galaxy line of handheld and portable devices. The two new Galaxy Tab 2™ products and two new Galaxy Players™ continue to showcase Samsung's commitment to providing users with choice, flexibility and connectivity to the full Samsung ecosystem of products, apps and services.
Galaxy Tab 2 – Powerful, Smart, Easy to Use
The Galaxy Tab 2 Series, available in both 10.1" and 7.0" screen sizes, are powerful dual-core tablets running the latest version of Android - Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices feature an integrated IR blaster for universal remote capabilities, as well as an easily accessible memory card slot for convenient loading of multimedia files in a range of supported file formats.
The new tablets offer endless content access in a sleek design that can maximize the home entertainment experience. The Smart Remote App and built-in IR Blaster turns the Tab 2 into a universal smart remote, helping users easily find their favorite shows. Users can choose from more than 450,000 apps, access favorite movies and TV shows from Google Play or Media Hub, and surf millions of web pages with Adobe® Flash™ support.
In addition, the Galaxy Tab 2 products are fully Google certified for complete access to Google Play (formerly Android Marketplace) and competitively priced at $399.99 and $249.99, respectively – so consumers no longer need to compromise when selecting a tablet.
"These new Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Player devices deliver what consumers have come to expect from all Samsung products – exceptional design, impressive connectivity options and a selection of choices for each type of person and user scenario," said Tim Baxter, President, Samsung Electronics America. "A one size fits all solution is just not sufficient."
Galaxy Players put Android in the Hand – without Service Contracts
With the two new Galaxy Players, available in 4.2 inch WVGA screen or 3.6 inch HVGA screen variants, gaming, videos and music are more fun than ever.
Easily connect to Wi-Fi hotspots anywhere to get instant access to the latest content. Users also can play their own video and music in a variety of formats, connect to other devices using USB 2.0 or Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, or simply load the device via a micro SD card. Because the device runs on Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, a world of apps is a touch away.
Plus, dual-stereo speakers (on the Galaxy Player 4.2) deliver an incredible music, video or gaming experience – anywhere.
The new Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Players will be available for purchase at a variety of retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct and others. The Galaxy Player 3.6 is available now for $149.99 exclusively at Best Buy and soon at other retailers. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be available for preorder today at $249.99, and for purchase on April 22. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Player 4.2 will both be available for pre-order on May 4 and for purchase on May 13, at $399.99 and $199.99 respectively.
Stay tuned for more information on other additions to the Galaxy Family.