Apr 12 AT 12:10 PM Anthony Domanico 33 Comments

Galaxy Tab 2 coming to the US starting April 22nd


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.


Source: PC World

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I’m glad that Samsung has began to target the price ranges that we all think they should be targeting. However, I REALLY WISH they would have a standard keyboard dock like the Transformer does. If they had one of those, I’d REALLY be tempted to get one of these!

    Also, it’s a little unfortunate that this announcement doesn’t mention anything about the quad core Exonys.

    • amgala

      Agreed, it’s very strange that Samsung doesn’t always use its own processors in its devices

    • Samuel Hurd, criminal jungle bunny (drugs…)

      iPad 3 blows this $hitablet out of the water!

      • Shanki

        Ya ur rite..!! I guess iPad3 always needs somethin like water to cool it down … I guess you use ur eco-friendly iStove(iPad 3) to boil eggs.

  • josegb2011

    I would have considered getting this but with the nexus tablet(hopefully) coming is a no brainer to wait for it..

  • amgala

    The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0″ does look enticing as a gift for my wife, but I think I will wait to see what comes of the Asus/Google Nexus tablet first.

  • Trinhbo

    I was initially a little disappointed that the front facing camera was reduced to VGA and the rear camera lost the LED flash but I guess to get the price down, concessions had to be made.

    If you were like me who at one point considered a tablet like the Kindle Fire but ultimately did not get it because it was not a full featured device, this Galaxy Tab 2 7.0″ looks very tempting at the $250 price point. Full Android Market (er, Google Play Store), both front and rear cameras for video conferencing and taking photos, AND expandable memory?! Not a bad deal.

    A part of me wants to wait to see what the Google Nexus Tab would be like or what the rumored Galaxy Tab 11.6″ but how long have waited on these rumors, especially the latter? At $250, I think I may finally be compelled to get a tablet. And if these other products come down the road, I may still end up getting them too if they are worth it.

  • rantmo

    I hop

    • rantmo

      Let me try that again (stupid Dolphin browser); I hope Google releases something concrete on their upcoming tablet because I want a tablet in the worst way and the 7″ is the size I want at a price I’d pay.

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

      Shit yeah I love Ihop.

      • rantmo

        I’m having french toast on Sunday, potentially at ihop. This pertains to Android because.

        • Pallen

          Because of free WiFi while one eats breakfast.

  • mamarda

    I wanted to see competitor of Ipad 3…

    • Bryan Stoner

      Transformer Prime. It’s been out since December.

  • PR

    I will wait till the Google Nexus comes out before I decide if it is the Nexus or the Samsung 7-inch tablet.

  • Stondec

    Beats the kindle fire hands down and then sets it ablaze for good measure, but I’m looking for a much beefier tablet with quad core, and 64 gb internal memory.
    Samsung has been a total let down this year as far as that’s concerned. Holding out for Asus’ next offering.

  • thekaz

    Glad to see prices starting to come down. My viewsonic GTab is just becoming too cumbersome. Gotta find something at a good price so my wife’ll let me spend money on yet another tabler! :)

  • Bob83

    I like the Galaxy Tab, but I like the features on Asus tablets and will wait for the T700 this summer.

  • hector manzanarez

    I love android and my nexus s is my go to device but I went with the new iPad. Personally I didn’t feel that the android OS was there yet for tablets. I would’ve expected Samsung to release a beefier 10 inch to compete. Note: no need for fanboyism I’m not flaming Samsung just stating a personal opinion

    • rev2redlineguy

      I love android and I still own the OG Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 and currently use it everyday for entertainment and such (I’ve rooted it, customized it and such) but as time goes by, better technology is coming out and my OG Galaxy Tab is not the fastest player in the field (but still sufficient for my usage). If Samsung were to bring this Galaxy Tab 2 at $250, I would definitely consider. I love Android and also own an Epic 4G Touch as my everyday phone (and so much more) but I also own an Apple iPod Touch for my music, light browsing, and a few games. Yeah, iTunes is a pain in the rump but that is just for my music & media purposes. Personally, I would never buy even think about buying an iPhone at all because I just love Android so much. Now, I am just patiently waiting to get my hands on the SGSIII!

      • rev2redlineguy

        Oh, I forgot to mention that my Galaxy Tab is still the original one I have purchased and have yet to experience any technical or any type of problems at all. It has and still runs pretty great for its age and usage. =-)

  • Mix

    I am dying to buy a 7″ Android tablet but these specs sound eerily similar to the Iconica A100 but I think I will wait to see what Google and ASUS whip out before taking a bite.

    • Trinhbo

      The only real problem with the Iconia A100 is the really really crappy battery life. This new model should be at least twice that.

  • Bryan Stoner

    The price really good for the 7″ variant but the 10″ variant’s price is pushin it. This might be a big contender with the Asus Transformer Pad 300.

  • Eludium-Q36

    This is NOT the tablet I am looking for, is there going to be an 11.6-in supermodel or not ???

  • spazby

    and the wait for next gen hi def galaxy tab continues….. come on sammy, u make ipad 3 screens, make better screens for yourself!

  • johnnycsx

    Personally I think this was an odd choice. Why not produce a better tablet, and drop the price of the older line?

  • lalol

    Galaxy player 4.2 <3 !!!!

  • smeghead68

    Seems like nothing to get excited about. I guess I’ll wait and see what google has to offer.

  • Joe D

    The 7″ @250 is a nice intermediate size when on the road

  • kilmas

    i am waiting for the galaxy tab 11.6.please samsung come out with that tablet soon.i wish samsung had priced galaxy tab 2 10.1,something like 300-350$,then it will have sold alot more.i think 399$ is to much for most people.