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Samsung Announces the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Which is Just an Original Tab 10.1 with Ice Cream Sandwich and Slightly Tweaked Design

Since Samsung wasn’t ready to announce the Galaxy SIII at MWC this year, they had to at least come up with something. That “something” is the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) and a projector phone called the Galaxy Beam, which we’ll talk about in a bit. For now, let’s focus on this new Tab 2 that should be an epic release after the success and awesomeness that was the original 10.1, right? Eh, not really. The Galaxy Tab 2 is identical to the original 10.1 except that it runs Ice Cream Sandwich and has a slight redesign with speakers in the front. Otherwise, it packs a dual-core processor, 7,000mAh battery, 3MP shooter in the back, VGA shooter in the front, and TouchWiz. We wish there was something else to say about it, but it really is an identical tablet. Not to say that we don’t still love the original 10.1, but come on Sammie, give us something new and brilliant.  

Update:  As reader @tomgillotti points out, there is also a Galaxy Note 10.1 on the horizon that is yet to be announced. It was rumored to be on the way, but with Samsung not confirming it during their Beam and Tab 2 announcement, we weren’t sure if it was real or not. Apparently it is. The difference between that and this tablet is beyond us.

  • nightscout13

    “Just an Original Tab 10.1 with Ice Cream Sandwich and Slightly Tweaked Design”
    That’s what i said over at Phandroid, and they accused me of not knowing tech….

  • ocdtrekkie

    I thought I read they added a MicroSD slot to the Tab 2 on one of the sites.

  • Andrew Butler

    Sammy just made the Note 10.1 official…its the Tab 2 10.1, with S-Pen input…. UNBELIEVABLE … here I was, hoping for Quad Core, HD, Tab 10.1 Goodness….

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    soooo looks like samsung just samsung’d themselves? how can they mock apple for releasing an identical phone to the iphone 4 but they do it themselves? O.o

  • EC8CH

    Was looking for a quad core tab with an HD screen…. guess this ain’t it.

  • Granted

    Well,I guess that kills my chances of getting Ice Cream Sandwich on my original 10.1.

    • WAldenIV

      I disagree.  The news leads me believe Sammy is pretty far along on the ICS updates for the 10.1 and 8.9 GTabs.

  • MKader17

    Didn’t Samsung say they wanted their products to more closely apple’s vision?

    If so, then bravo. You nailed it Samsung.

  • fvqu

    Samsung dissapointed us all with the devices they announced today. I’m waiting for a nexus tab

  • FAL_Fan

    It’s just the 10.1N from the German market people…

  • srh12

    Wait… so now theres the tab series which are tablets, the note which is a phone, and now a note that’s a tablet?
    This does not compute.

    • Tommy Thompson

      The Note series of devices have S-Pen input. Tab = Tablets, Note = S-Pen input.

  • Brian Walker

    Here’s how it was explained to me on another site (can’t remember which one). There was the original Galaxy Tab (the 7″ one with GB) then we had the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, ect. The Galaxy Tab 2 is a successor to the original Galaxy Tab, whereas all of the Honeycomb versions were variations on that original. Based on that rationale, though, the first 10.1 should have been the Galaxy Tab 2. As it stands, there is hardly any difference between the tab 10.1 and the Tab 2 10.1. It’s an unnecessary product, but that means the price of the 10.1 will go down soon.

  • Shane McKeever

    I’m guessing its just to sidetrack Apple lawsuits.

  • Larizard

    The redesigned bezel of the Tab 2 looks awfully like an HTC design. LOL! 

  • 4n1m4L

    maybe it’ll come with a new price?

  • tomgillotti

    Awaiting the official release and spec list of the Note 10.1. We’ll see what it brings…

    • I’m just not sure why they would announce this new Tab and then a Note that is a tablet? I’m super confused.

      • I think the Note 10.1 is the true successor to the Tab 10.1, with the Tab 2 10.1 being the lower end tablet. I doubt the Tab 2 10.1 will even release in the US.

  • samsung galaxy s III?

    nope, chuck galaxy mini upgrade tab 2 10.1 testa