Feb 25 AT 11:44 PM Nick Gray 56 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) announced at Mobile World Congress

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Only a week after unveiling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7), Samsung has now announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). The new Android 4.0 tablet features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 LCD display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, microSD card slot, and WiFi connectivity. Samsung will also be offering a 3G variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) with quad-band HSPA+ support.

Based on these specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) will not feature the more advanced specifications which Taylor detailed late last month. Fortunately, we’re still expecting Samsung to release another Android powered tablet which should join the Samsung Galaxy Note family.

Pricing and launch details for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) have not been made available by Samsung. Since this new tablet will be a direct replacement for last year’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, we suspect it will be arriving in stores in late Q2 with prices starting around $450 for a base 16GB Wifi model.

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What do you think of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)? Do the tech improvements warrant an upgrade from the original or are you still holding out to see if the Galaxy Note tablet ever materializes?

Show Press Release
Samsung’s new GALAXY Tab 2 series offers optimal multimedia experiences in life

February 26, 2012

Samsung introduces its first line-up of tablets for 2012 with the launch of the GALAXY Tab 2 series, expanding the choice of tablets to customers. The GALAXY Tab 2 series includes a 7″ version and a 10.1″ version. Starting from UK, the GALAXY Tab 2 series will be launched in global market from March.

The GALAXY Tab 2 series is available in 3G and WiFi versions, as well as in 7″ and 10.1″ variants. Light and portable, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) is the ideal personal on-the-go device; while the larger GALAXY Tab 2 (10.1) is well-suited for home and family use.

The GALAXY Tab 2 series is exhibited at Samsung stand (Hall 8), Mobile World Congress 2012. For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visitwww.samsungmobilepress.com.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (10.1) Product Specifications

Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
Processor: 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
Display: 10.1″ WXGA(1280×800) PLS TFT
OS: Android 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich)
Camera: Main(Rear): 3 Megapixel Camera, Sub(Front): VGA for Video Call
Video: Codec: MPEG4, H.264. H.263, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8
Format: 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM
Playback/ Recording: Full HD@30fps, HD@30fps
Audio: Codec: MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, OGG
Music Player with SoundAlive

3.5mm Ear Jack
Value-added Features
Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
Samsung Apps
Samsung Hub
- Readers Hub/ Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub
Samsung Hub Widget*
- Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub
Samsung S Suggest* (App recommendation service)
Samsung ChatON mobile communication servicea
Samsung AllShare Play
Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies air
GoogleTM Mobile Services
- Android Marketâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢,
Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google Search, Google +
Polaris document editor
A-GPS, Glonass
Connectivity
Bluetooth technology v 3.0
USB 2.0 Host
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Sensor
Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light
Memory
16/32GB User memory + 1GB (RAM)
microSD (up to 32GB)
Dimension
256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm , 588g
Battery
Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000 mAh

Source: Engadget

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • ZRod

    What a shame that last years specs are used.
    Glad I got my Transformer Prime

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      I’m with you there. No bump in resolution, same RAM (it might be a little faster but still), and unless the processor is Exynos with a huge improvement over Tegra 2, I see this as an almost remake of last year’s model.

      What gives Samsung????

      • delinear

        The low resolution is definitely the biggest disappointment for me. I think I’ll hold off until the prime TF700 and it’s alleged 1920×1200 pixelly goodness.

  • spazby

    I was expecting a little more, maybe more than a little…

  • Bryan Stoner

    Samsung. Are you shittin me?

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

      We should probably chill a bit. The galaxy note tab should be the beast we’re craving. This will be entry level. Although to release what is essentially the same tablet as the last model is confusing…

      • thekaz

        I gotta agreement here. I think the Tab is becoming the tablet for the casual user and the Note will be for people looking for more power to do more with.

        For most people who surf the net, read email, maybe watch a video, this may be sufficient.

        Now they just need to price it right.

    • Jon Garrett

      hopefully they are not, maybe the 11.6″ bezel-less Galaxy Tab will show up later this year. if not, then the iPad 3 and the Asus Prime are the top tier tabs this year.

  • omnom

    and people say HTC doesn’t use the same design? .___. Samsung… please please please stop releasing the same thing over and over again. You’re turning into HTC and HTC is turning into the old samsung ><

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Yea they need to find another way to make a black slab! /s …..

  • RRR

    i literally fell from treadmill. ..wow…no shit same shit? sorry for my French

    • Jay

      This should be called Samsung Galaxy Tab 1S instead.

      • RRR

        +1 lol

  • ion orov

    Groan… at this rate, I’m never getting an Android tablet.

    I don’t understand it. These guys know how to compete and beat Apple in the smart-phone segment… but they keep shooting themselves in the foot in the tablet space.

    I play with tablets in stores and hands down, the Ipad has the smoothest UI. Add to that the propriety cables, no micro-sd, heavy, unappealing designs and high prices for these android tablets… sigh.

    There are too many trade-offs. If you want to sell at iPad prices, you damn well make sure your tablet is at least on par. If you can’t, then sell it cheaper at least. /facepalm

    • delinear

      At least the proprietary cables and lack of SD slot is on a par with iPad… not that either is a good thing o_O

  • Royal J

    What’s the diff, besides ICS? Aside from the random reboots the TPrime is still the shat. Let’s see if the note version ups the ante.

  • Hall Lo

    Are you kidding me Samsung? Except the use of ICS the hardware are all from last year…. Great disappointment from you Samsung

  • Vance

    This is absurd. Why even release it?

  • kaoiv

    I see the word “quad” is used…for quad-band.

  • kwills88

    I just hope the SIII isn’t a let down, this is basically a modify galaxy tab 10.1 with ICS on board..should have named it galaxy tab 10.1 plus.

  • Kizipotamus

    I don’t get it. What’s different from the old version?

  • Dirge

    I wonder if this has a different dual-core processor…maybe one of their new Exynos chips?

  • GRAW

    Only if the dual-core chip it’s talking about is an OMAP5, but, if not, then definitely a big fat NO. Still, poor specs overall, c’mon Samsung…

  • Jack Thakar

    So… how exactly is this different from the original 10 inch Galaxy Tab other than Ice Cream Sandwich?

  • andrew

    Well at least I won’t have any envy over people with their new galaxy tab 2 . My galaxy tab 10.1 ics p7500 is basically the same except no Ics & slightly lower screen resolution.ics should change soon so I guess that’s one difference.

  • Max.Steel

    What a joke…

  • DroidPower

    so is samsung taking apple’s route of “specs don’t matter?” how is a dual core processor going to fare in a year that is destined to be quad cores?!

    i’m thinking that people will give them the benefit of the doubt and still buy it… but not sure if android tech lovers will appreciate the “1 Ghz dual core processor” that much.

  • snarkbot

    Based on these wak-ass specs, my assumption would be that they are dropping the idea of getting ICS on the original 10.1 tablet.

    Someone please tell me I’m wrong though.

    • Bobohernan

      Even if u are right and they are dropping ics for the tab 10.1, cm9 will still be available and in pre-alpha builds its still runs way faster than honeycomb could ever. So dont worry if samsung drops the ball developerd are always there to help you out.

  • sunrise

    The show in Barcelona already started?

  • slimx30

    1GHZ dual core? wtf samsung?

    • sunrise

      I know! Galaxy S3 better not disappoint, and they better not wait forever to release it! I need a new phone badly.

  • dave C.

    Wow what a let down.. Buuuu Samsung.

  • YMS123

    So after (if) they update the 10.1 to ICS, your tablet magically transforms from the Galaxy Tab, to the Galaxy Tab 2 ?

  • kilmas

    this is very disappointing. this is going and be crushed by ipad3. where the galaxy tab 11.6 2500 * 1600 resolution?

  • chris

    And I decided not to buy the Transformer Prime because this would have killed it… the least Samsung could have done was do deny the speculation for an ipad-killer. Shame on you Samsung, shame on you and your marketing people.

    • menru

      People don’t get it. This is NOT Sammy’s flagship model. It’s a low-end tablet, as the model name (P5100) suggests.

      • delinear

        That’s still a failing of their marketing people. They didn’t put down the rumours because they wanted people talking about their product but the end result is a lot of disappointed potential customers. No, people generally don’t get model numbers.

  • hurric

    phew i guess i got the sweet spot when i got my samsung tablet 10.1 since no spec upgrade

  • JamTheMan

    Fail Samsung, FAIL. Looks like Asus will be my next bet friend :-)

  • xsynth

    Is this the same design as the 10.1N released in Germany?
    I’m guessing this is to get rid of the old design because of the law suits and still able to sell this instead for a lower cost.

    The Note 10.1 is the one I’m waiting to see specs on. The *real* tab successor

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

    God damn that “value added features” section makes my blood boil

  • SGB101

    with the bezel it looks like a htc device. suppose its to stop apple claiming its a clone of the ipad.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Ok… can anyone tell any major differences to the original tab??

  • smeghead68

    You think they would have put more effort into to stand out, especially with all of the tablets already out there. It is a nice tablet but you have keep moving forward or you’ll go by the way of the playbook.

  • Slith

    Is underwhelmed a word? Cause that’s how I feel.

  • cristian cristiandonose

    This is pointless. I wouldnt buy this, not at all. Has a low resolution and old specs. The Prime is a beast compared to this. Maybe is the entry level tablet from Samsung. Waiting for the Note…

  • jamal adam

    Shouldn’t they be pumping out specs like they do with their Galaxy S smartphones. Look at Huawei, they came out with a bang. Samsung, please tell me that this is just for show and that the real surprise is still yet to come.

  • aranea

    These specs are fit for a low end tablet nowadays not a high end one.

  • Jay

    FAIL… I’ll take the Asus 7 inch over this, thanks… can’t wait.

  • mipd1980

    Wow. That’s Crazy I bought an Asus TF101 last year when they came out, and it’s the same specs as this 2Gen Samsung Tab. I wont buy another tablet til Next year sometime for Now I need to get a quad Core phone to Replace my NS4G in August when my Upgrade comes up. Hopefully Sprint has something out by then.

  • Nathan D.

    Reading this makes me feel good that I got the transformer prime when it came out.

  • ss

    now i’m more glad that i bought galaxy 7.7 OLED and didn’t wait for new tabs..

  • jenskristian

    This is basically the tablte I got last year with Ice Cream Sandwich. Next.

  • EolianPipes

    I’m a bit disheartened to learn about this one. I’ve been holding out for a tablet because I thought that the next Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be the latest and greatest to hold off the iPad 3. Hopefully the Note will be what we’ve been waiting for.

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