The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first major Android foray into the tablet market in November 2010. The Galaxy Tab was arguably a success story, with over 2 million devices being sold in the first 2.5 months.
Samsung has announced this morning the next entry in the Galaxy Tab series, the Galaxy Tab 2. The Galaxy Tab 2 looks like a true follow-up to the original Galaxy Tab with a fresh coating of Ice Cream Sandwich, and should end up being Samsung’s entry level tablet for the 2012 season.
- 7″ WSVGA TFT display, with 1024 x 600 resolution
- 1 GHz dual-core processor
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Touchwiz
- 3 megapixel fixed-focus rear camera
- VGA front facing camera
- 1 GB RAM
- HSPA+ support (up to 21 mbps on 850/900/1900/2100 bands)
- 8, 16, or 32GB storage configurations
- 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery
- Voice call capability
That last bullet point is certainly an interesting addition; now, you too can look like a complete goof by holding a 7″ slate up to your ear to make a phone call. Most likely, if you’re going to use this thing to make actual calls, you’re probably going to want to grab a Bluetooth headset and some extremely big-pocketed pants.
No word on U.S. pricing or availability. The Galaxy Tab 2 is set to hit the UK sometime in March for an as yet undisclosed price. Sammy Hub claims to have confirmed pricing for several Scandinavian countries, and the U.S. equivalent prices are certainly on the high side. If the rumor holds, the WiFi model will run about 400-450 USD, and the 3G model will run about 500-550 USD.
Update: Samsung’s Sweden Office suggests the price will start at €270, or about $350 USD. Still a far cry from the $250 point we were hoping for, but less than feared. Is this tablet more attractive at $350?
For this tablet to be successful, they’re going to have to come in well below those price points in the US, hopefully somewhere in the $250-$350 range for the 8GB WiFi model. With arguably better tablets running nVidia’s Tegra 3 chipset coming down the pipe, as well as better spec’d models from Samsung being released recently, Samsung’s going to have to find a niche for this tablet, and likely that niche is going to come from the low-end of the market.
Anyone excited by the Galaxy Tab 2, or do you have your sights set on another Android tablet?