The Galaxy Tab 2 series is coming to the U.S. as early as April 22nd. Samsung has two variants of the Galaxy Tab 2, a 7.0″ and 10.1″ model that are billed as lower-priced follow ups to the original Galaxy Tab and Tab 10.1 tablets.
Both Tab 2 variants will sport Android 4.0, a 1GHz dual-core processor (unknown which variant), and 1GB of RAM. You’ll find a 3 megapixel rear and VGA front-facing camera on each tablet as well.
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0″ will go on sale starting April 22nd, and come with a low $250 price point for 8GB of storage, with an SD card slot that boosts the storage capacity up by 32GB. The Tab 2 10″ bumps the storage up to 16GB, and will land May 8th for $400.
While not the beefy specs we’ve come to expect from the Tab series, the Tab 2 line is geared at stealing customers away from the ereader market by providing a more feature-rich experience for around the same price. The tablets will have full access to the Android Market, giving them access to many more applications than the Kindle Fire or Nook Color tablets for a similar price.
Anyone out there planning on picking up the Tab 2, or have you got your eyes on a beefier tablet?Show Press Release
Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Players for U.S. Market
Highlights for Galaxy Tab 2 Include Integrated Universal RemoteIce Cream SandwichTM and Expandable Storage; Galaxy Player Devices Deliver a Full Android TM Experience without monthly Service contracts
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., April 11, 2012 — 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 2TM products and two new Galaxy Players TMcontinue 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® Flashâ„¢ 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 Androidâ„¢ 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.