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Samsung Announces the Galaxy Tab 2 Running Ice Cream Sandwich, We’re Wondering What the Point is?

You are looking at Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 2 that was announced for the UK in March and the rest of the globe some time after. It runs on a dual-core processor, has a 7″ WVGA display (1024×600), supports HSPA+ and WiFi, has dual cameras (3MP and VGA), and runs Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s ultra-portable just as the original Tab was only we’re still trying to figure out why anyone would purchase this over the 7.7 that has been released in most countries. Will it be extremely cheap? It’s Euro price seems to suggest that, however, we won’t know for sure until it launches here in the states. This is one tablet that I just do not understand.

Pics and official specs below.

Update:  Video of Samsung’s Tab 2 unveiling also below (Cheers Premysl!). 

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Samsung’s new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) offers optimal multimedia experiences in life

Samsung expands the GALAXY Tab range with GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) powered by the AndroidTM 4.0 and a 1GHz dual core processor

Prague, February 13, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today introduced its first line-up of tablets for 2012 with the launch of the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0), expanding the choice of tablets to customers. Light and portable, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) is the ideal personal on-the-go device, available in 3G and WiFi versions. Starting from UK, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will be launched in global market from March.

“Two years ago, Samsung GALAXY Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.”

 Samsung’s first Android 4.0 Tablet

Samsung’s first Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)-powered tablet offers a variety of new and improved Android OS features. An upgraded Android Market enables access to more than 400,000 applications which can be enjoyed across phones or tablets. Furthermore, a more intuitive user interface includes the ability to swipe-control applications as well as a wholly redesigned app gallery for easier sharing of content. The new OS’s vastly faster performance and response times across multiple applications is further enhanced by HSPA+ 21Mbps or WiFi connectivity.

Additionally, Android 4.0 includes a selection of embedded Google applications that enables users to quickly launch sites and applications that they use frequently; meanwhile, the innovative Face Unlock feature unlocks the tablet through unique facial recognition software.

A complete experience with enriched multimedia content

The GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) offers users easy multimedia access, playback and sharing experiences with Samsung Hub services. Samsung’s Music Hub provides a full music store solution with access to over 17 million tracks. Additionally, the Readers Hub provides the user with access to over 2.3 million e-books, 3,500 magazines and over 2,000 newspapers in 51 languages, while the Game Hub instantly connects users to the latest game titles. Samsung is also introducing the Video Hub, which offers over 1,000 film titles for purchase or rent, and provides reviews, trailers and recommendations for easier content selection using the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0).

Complementing the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)’s multimedia offering is Samsung’s upgraded Touchwiz user interface that features Hub widgets for one-step access to users’ content in Hubs; the device also presents S Suggest, a new service offering recommendations of apps suited to users’ tastes directly on a home screen.

The GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)’s superb multimedia experience is further boosted by Samsung’s AllShare Play, a new content-sharing service available for the first time on any Samsung mobile device. AllShare Play allows users to play or live-stream their multimedia content on their GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) from PCs, other Samsung smart devices as well as third-party web storages. Users can also easily transfer content to other devices or directly to web services.

Better Communication Capabilities

Connecting socially has never been easier with GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)’s built-in powerful communication capabilities.With the voice call capability, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) can be used just as easily as a phone, affording users the handy convenience of a second device in case they misplace their primary phone. It also lets users to spontaneously arrange multi-party video calls via Google+ hangouts, as well as engage in group chats or micro-communities to collectively chat or share content. In addition, ChatON, Samsung’s cross-platform communication service, connects all phone users of any platform into a single community. ChatON uses phone numbers instead of ID and passwords, and provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in various formats—images, video, voice, contacts—to make messaging simple and intuitive.

Galaxy Tab 2 specs

 

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 222,000 people in 205 offices across 71 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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  • http://twitter.com/Stevenbyzantine Steven Runciman

    I must admit that it really looks great, but i think that it will not stand a chance against the iPad2 (or the upcoming iPad3)! My sister had the previous version, thus i had a chance to test it and even though it left me with positive feelings, i had the impression that when playing my favorite online games such as: Angry Birds, FM 2012 and jeebboo (www.jeebboo.com), the tablet demonstrated a relative delay.. If this is true (and is not just my impression), i have no doubt in my mind that the new Galaxy Tab 2, would have no such issues…

    Overall, this was a great article and very interesting indeed… Thank you!

  • Bobby Hill

    I like that they’re using a green battery bar and white or grey colored font for the time, IMO blue didn’t work so good with those two things on ICS.

  • Anonymous

    I hate how Samsung continues to put perhaps the least important button in the UI, the screenshot button, in the most valuable piece of UI real estate there is, on global tab bar.  That’s the place for the OS level navigation buttons, not a barely used nice to have feature like screenshot.  I routinely hit that instead of the multitasking button, which rightfully should be there.  This captures in brief my grievance with these custom skins, the OEMs only care about differentiation, not consistency or good user experience. 

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    • Anonymous

      you are so freaking boring

  • http://profiles.google.com/emmereikichi alberto emmerick

    c’mon sammy..ics for 10.1. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand the point of this tablet either.  Besides ICS, can someone please explain to me the major differences/improvements between this tablet and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus? In fact the 7.0 Plus is slightly thinner, has a slightly faster processor (1.2GHz) and has a higher resolution front facing camera.  Wouldn’t it be smarter for Samsung to simply upgrade the 7.0 Plus to ICS?

  • Dani Sarfati

    Difference is… the Asus MeMO pads don’t have front facing cameras… These ones do. Although, there isn’t much between this and my Acer A100 other than ICS (I hope my little tablet gets ICS too!)

    I want a 7″ tablet for my daughter, still waiting for a nice cheap one with ICS and a front facing cam for skype, as we live far away from each other :(

  • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

    Hate that the focus lately seems to be the 7” form factor. I would love to see price-competetive 13”(16:9) tablets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.gautraud Joel Gautraud

    Remember the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus that was released a short while ago?

    I too am confused why they product is coming out. Shouldn’t they just be busy updating their current crop of tablets to 4.0?

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.cronin1 Timothy Cronin

    I am a firm google/droid supporter but I am growing tired of the new device announcements every other day.  Why not spend some time polishing whats available, making the experience a more genuinely complete experience as opposed to flooding the market.  I’m not opposed to new devices but this is almost ridiculous. You can honest purchase a product without fear or something better two days later.  While I realize it is the same with all consumer electronics, none of it is even close the frequency of android phones.  Slow your roll guys, slow your roll.

  • John

    meh

  • PeopleBeCrazy

    this morning before heading to droid life… i was greeted, as i was walking across the parking lot in school, by a crazy old man yelling at someone for something that didnt make much sense about his car or his driving? and thus begins the day 

  • Anonymous

    Think Kindle Fire competitor…

    press release confirms it. “”with Samsung Hub services. Samsung’s Music Hub provides a full music store solution with access to over 17 million tracks. Additionally, the Readers Hub provides the user with access to over 2.3 million e-books, 3,500 magazines and over 2,000 newspapers in 51 languages…””

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      We better see it for $199 then or it can’t compete.

      • Anonymous

        It can’t compete anyway, Samsung is not Amazon. It would have to be less than $199 and doubt it’s going there.

        • Ian Anderson

          I disagree completely. Samsung can compete very well at $199, maybe even $249. Even if it’s not amazon it’s still a Google-flavor device. Google has a lot of name recognition. 

  • http://twitter.com/dtriscari19 David Triscari

    Price point has to be sub 200 for anyone to care. Otherwise I agree, why buy this?

    • noyfb

      i’d buy a wifi only version for 150, doubt it’ll be that  cheap

  • Ajharman53

    Only tablet I want is the Asus $250 7″ that ships with a quad-core processor and ICS. That’ll be my buddy alongside my G Nex

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

      Yes! The Eee Pad MeMo. I can’t wait for that thing.

  • Anonymous

    $200 Kindle fighter?