Feb 13 AT 8:57 AM Anthony Domanico 49 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to run Android 4.0, release first in UK

GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) Product Image (1)

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.

The specs:

  • 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?

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Via: Sammy Hub

Source: Samsung

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  • Nate B.

    As much as I like Sammy I don’t see the reason of some of their devices. What was the point of this compared to the Plus tablet they have? This one has ICS. I honestly think that’s a waste of money for a company. Don’t make something that you can remake again and give it something a little better. One beast of a device in every category (tablet, google tv, smartphone, nexus) every year. And if they happen to be in two different colors then have that at launch. Work on software in between and awesome add-ons to the devices to keep them fresh.

    • spazby

      Couldn’t agree more…come on sammy give us 1 flagship device per size per year..

      • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

        I definitely agree with this sentiment. In fact, we should have a bigger story on this coming up later this week. ;)

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      Agreed. I was wondering what was so special of the Tab2, the specs don’t look much different than what we see currently (and the last 6 months).

      Voice call capabilities is nice though. And I can understand a bit if they are trying to get a foothold of the lower end market. But damn, how nice it is that “lower end market” is still a dual core processor!

      • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

        Well it’d be nice if lower end also meant under $350

    • David

      Instead of discounting the current crop, they need to release another device in order to “retire” the previous, so that they force those who bought the original HC tabs to buy another one when jelly bean comes. At least that’s my expectation after seeing their history.

      Of course, I refuse to go into that game… a tablet is not something you can change (or even need to buy) every year or two.

    • LSH99

      Agree completely. Work on getting ICS to your existing tablets, and you’ll already be well positioned based on their existing specs. As the owner of both a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a Galaxy Nexus, I’m having a hard time staying interested in the tablet because it’s still handcuffed by Honeycomb.

      That said, if the rumors regarding a 7-inch iPad are true, I do think it’s critical for Samsung to enter the market with a refreshed 7-incher prior to the iPad’s release.

      • jonathan3579

        I think the Tab 7.7 is a much better choice than this. Better screen, specs, chasis and all. It, too, is gimped by Honeycomb though but it is a tablet I have highly been considering. I’m afraid the rumored price point leaves much to be desired…

    • Chris Lewis

      Honestly, I couldn’t disagree more. Yes, they do have a device in every category but you forget that there are huge markets within each of these device markets. Having “one beast in every market” is a poor stragity at best. Look at the kindle fire, it’s certainly anything but a beast and yet it’s the single best selling tablet on Android market. This shows that not all consumers want a beastly tablet. Do you really think Samsung is stupid enough to make a device and not research if it has a visible market? The answer to that is obviously no.
      You have to understand that a major company like Samsung probably knows what they are doing. They have a ton of analysis researching what to make and where to sell it.

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  • Owain

    Give me a touch sensitive screen I can slot my phone into and I’m happy…. I don’t see the point of buying all the hardware I already own again.

  • delinear

    Feels a little under-powered for a 2012 tablet after some of the specs we’ve been seeing lately. Maybe if they could get the price point lower still it would make more sense.

    • masterpfa

      Maybe “Under powered” in your opinion, but if the price point is low I would say a good move by Samsung still Dual Core but now with ICS?!?!?! Not a top end device, but then again , they were not pretending it was

  • honourbound68

    If Sammy keeps their prices consistent, this is underwhelming compared to what the Asus Memo will ship with.

  • andrpau

    The reason it seems to be pricy, is because of the ridiculously high taxes in scandinavian countries.

    You can probably knock 1/4 (if not more) to get the US pricing.

  • Vyrlokar

    Really, I think that the phone+tablet market will belong to the padphone, where you get a fully functional phone, that is actually phone sized, and a fully functional tablet, that is tablet sized. If the latest rumors are true, it will also be compatible with the Transformer dock (the jury is out on what version of the dock they mean though, either the TF101 dock, or the TF 201 dock).

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have a 7″ tablet (I’m waiting for the MeMo) as it’s a very handy size, but I don’t see this one taking out. The specs aren’t stellar (come one, if phones get 1280×800 displays, why is this sporting a 1024×600 one?), the price is high (The wifi version will be more expensive than the rumored MeMo, and it has worse specs)

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    Really underwhelming. Since Asus revealed their Memo 370t with quad-core and ICS for $249, other companies are gonna really need to step up.

    • jonathan3579

      Competition is a good thing. :) Let the games begin!

    • masterpfa

      Let’s hope Asus deliver
      A promise we have, but final details and specs we don’t

      I too am waiting to see Asus’s final offering as well as any ICS 7″ tablet, with Value for money being my main request. I personally cannot justify a 10″ tablet and especially at the prices currently.

      A 7″ offering at pocket money like prices £150-250 or approx $250-300, but from a reputable company and reasonable specs please

  • gpmillerjax

    Wow, what is Samsung doing? They really blew it the first time around with their tablets and it looks like they want to go full steam ahead with the failure plan. I’ll grab the Asus MeMO 370T before I ever look twice at this thing.

  • coryteague

    why does this “TABLET” have a phone icon?

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    Congratulations Samsung, this looks like the best entry level tablet for March 2011.

  • ondore

    And the winner is… Asus MeMo 370T – Quad-Core for only $250 is reasonable for everybody.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    For this price I think I’d rather get the Acer MeMo.. Better processor and roughly same size. The only problem is the wait.. any one knows when Memo is coming out?

  • Sere83

    And this years awards for largest brand dilution attempt, largest market over saturation and also a special best attempt award in the ‘completely confusing consumers’ category goes to……..SAMSUNG!!!!!!!!

    • Sere83

      *also not forgetting a special acknowledgement in the ‘delusional pricing’ category also

    • honourbound68

      lol. they “toyota’d” the market with every possible size, shape and configuration… except they forgot that when toyota started (and the one of the reasons they gained market share), they sold quality cars at a low price. Still, I can’t fault Sammy for trying to “upscale” their brand. but I reserve my loudest ovations for Asus because not only are they putting out quality tabs, they are doing it with innovation, style, and an understanding that those + a digestible price will build market share.

  • Steven Runciman

    Even though the new Samsung really looks great i would never change my iPad2 for another tablet (except only for iPad3) lol. I have tested the Samsung Galaxy Tab 1-my sister has it- and i must admit that it gave me a positive feeling, when operating it. I would expect the new version of Galaxy Tab2 to have a significant faster operating system (processor etc), because sometimes when playing online my favorite games such as: Angry Birds, FM 2012 and jeebboo (www.jeebboo.com), the tablet had some minor delays…\

    Overall, it sure looks great and i think that it will be a success!!

    • Owain

      I do like the look and feel of iPad, but the lack of any Ports, external storage and flash kill it for me, and I have no interest in games what so ever, my fiends who have iPads only ever seem to play games with it.

      • Vyrlokar

        Yeah, I wonder what’s the deal with Samsung. They seem to eschew micro SD expansion slots (so you need to buy an overpriced higher model). They use their own proprietary port for no good reason (on the Asus Transformer, you have the excuse of needing the special connection for the special dock features. I still don’t like it.). They require Kies for updates, instead of distributing them OTA like most Android manufacturers (Kies itself is a bad copy of the already horrid iTunes).

        It seems like they are copying the worst aspects of Apple’s products.

  • Nathan D.

    this isn’t much of an upgrade now that you look at it

  • Hall Lo

    Why Sammy? This tablet is like one of those last year, except for the ICS… why no send out updates but release a completely new device?

  • thaghost

    Am i the only person tired of hearing all these tablet announcements? They all are about the same. Only a few (prime, tab 10 n the new quad core tablets) stand out. Also, pls support all of your products b4 you release new ones.

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Purchased the original Galaxy Tab 7 on Verizon the day it was released. I used it daily for a year, and it was a great device. The 10″ devices are too PIA to carry around all day, the 7″ proved to be the best “carry around” size for me. I recently updated to the 7.7 Tab. Everything you read about the 7.7 is true – fantastic screen, fast, light, thin, great viewing angles etc. However, I have found the 7.7 a bit uncomfortable to hold portrait mode with one hand for longer durations like reading an book on the bus. I don’t have small hands, but find the 7.7 just wider enough than the 7 to make one hand portrait mode reading slightly uncomfortable on the 7.7 vs. comfortable on the 7. A 7″ format with similar screen resolution / screen type, and CPU configuration would probably have my wallet out again.

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Just to clarify since no comment editing is supported.
    Wallet would be out again for a 7″ device with the 7.7′s screen resolution / screen type, and CPU.

  • IHATEHIPSTERS

    Just bought a 7.7 off ebay for 465$ aus. Such a win.

  • masterpfa

    I welcome this arrival (just need prices and delivery date for the UK) So far it looks like a choice for me between Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 or Asus MeMo 370T.

    One we have full specification for, the other proposed specifications and a required price point.
    If Asus deliver, this for me could well be the winner, but as stated not for the UK market Samsung may just pip it to the post, for me.

  • Kay Mallinson

    Can’t wait for it to be released in Australia, and for Telstra to incorporate 4G. Its the ideal size to carry around in your handbag when travelling interstate and to more remote areas. If the phone capabilities are good I will get rid of my old mobile (unsmart) phone.

  • Joel Bird

    Probably the dumbest move by Samsung so far this year. They already have the 7.0 plus and the 7.7, why waste more resources on yet another 7 incher? I don’t get it. Are the two 7 inch tabs that have only recently been released not good enough? I have the 7.7 and really enjoy it, but the news of another tablet release make me think that updates for this will take that much longer now that attention is spread so thinly across an already overworked software team. This would be different I guess if this tablet had different or better specs than what’s been released already, but this is literally the same tablet yet again.

  • RRR

    With 169.5 ppi? Not exactly a high-tech this year.

    Though for $69 it would be OK

  • kilmas

    the galaxy tab2 will be alot cheaper here in norway where i live compare to the all the other 7″ galaxy tab that has come before.the galaxy tab 7.7 cost 4695kr in norway.that is over 800$.the new galaxy tab2 is under half the price of galaxy tab 7.7.

  • kicost

    1 GHz dual-core processor in march 2012 !!??
    Outdated tech….

  • Eli

    So lame Samsung, I’m still waiting for an update for my Galaxy 7″Tablet.
    After three months of purchase
    1. the value dropped by 60% making resale value worthless.
    2. Still stuck on Froyo since 2009
    Bitten once twice shy, you have lost my business looking forward to the new iPad 3

  • smeghead68

    “you too can look like a complete goof by holding a 7″ slate up to your ear”

    That’s too funny. Visions of Miami Vice, Don Johnson holding a brick to his head to make a call.

  • Alan

    No mention of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus? Or even the 7.7! I’m confused.

    The 7.0 Plus is a great device (but it’s stuck on Honeycomb for now), better than this Tab 2 I think… is the Tab 2 using an Exynos + Mali 400MP?