7-inch for $250 on April 22, 10.1-inch for $450 on May 13

Galaxy Tab 2

As you may remember, we got our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 at MWC in late February. The slightly awkwardly-named tablets build on last year's Galaxy Tab designs with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a fresh design, in an attempt to steer clear of any legal shenanigans.

Today the first information on U.S. pricing and availability for both devices has become available. Pre-orders for the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 are due to begin later today, with the device itself going on sale next Sunday, April 22. At $250, the 7-incher's price is competitive, and for your money you'll get Android 4.0 with TouchWiz on a 1024x600 PLS TFT display (that's Samsung's version of IPS). Internally it's powered by a solid but unremarkable 1GHz dual-core CPU, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

The 10.1-inch Tab 2 will appear three weeks later on May 13, with pre-orders starting May 4. Prices start at $450 for the 16GB version, and internals are the similar to the 7-inch variant, with the only differences being the aforementioned 16GB of storage and a bump in screen resolution, up to 1280x800.

While the Tab 2 10.1 is a relatively run-of-the-mill Android slate, the 7.0 version's low price point marks it as a potential competitor for the rumored Google-branded, ASUS-made tablet. This is said to be on track for a July release, but has yet to be officially confirmed by either company.

Source: Electronista; via: Phone Arena


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Galaxy Tab 2 release dates and pricing emerge


I would easily sell my Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 for the 7-inch in a heartbeat. I paid $220 for it, so not a huge difference for a remarkably better product..... -_-

This past Christmas, I played Angry Birds on an Ipad thingy. I actually loved it and it confirmed my "I want a tablet just for Angry Birds and ONLY for that" craziness. So I recently checked Amazon and Ebay for the cheapest anything and Amazon had one. It was 2.3 Android Asian no name but the Market was one behind my cell. Still good I thought but I knew that 256MB was going to beat me up. And it did. The game played O K but not as crisp as I would like it. And even with the washed colors, the WiFi connectivity was the most irritating thing after this internal creaking that eventually went down to rarely heard. The flat capacitive touch screen was either pressed upon too hard or near a heat source as it was warped looking. After all that, it had no pinch zoom which I do not know if ANY tablet has that feature or not (Specifically in Angry Birds) So, I sent it back and luckily with all the issues I had, all of my money was refunded.

So this review helped a lot in my decision process. I'm still interested in a tablet but what is the RAM, internal storage and if pinch and zoom exists on tablets would be the things I need to ask myself when reading the specs of the next purchase. If anyone who plays knows, please let me know. Thanks for reading.

This tablet isn't even out yet and it's old junk, very disappointed in Samsung, I still can't believe this isn't a joke.
Huawei's 10 inch is coming out soon and it destroys this.

At this price point, it's not meant to be cutting edge. It's meant to compete directly with the Kindle Fire, Nook Color, and the rumored Google/Asus Nexus Tablet. The size it right...the price is right... hardware-wise it's in line with the Kindle and Nook.

Should be a solid device for what I've been waiting for...and ICS based tablet in 7" form factor that I can use to surf while I'm laying in bed without my hand breaking.

But the 10.1 inch tablet is indeed disappointing at a price point of 450 , the freaking prime is better than this junk and is 50 bucks more and is a 32gb version, why would someone buy the 10.1 inch, with older specs, the transformer prime has better specs and is just a 50 bucks difference and double the storage, they should have made this tablet 399 and probably would sell more.

Two weeks ago, I wasn't even interested in the next round of Galaxys and was expecting to get a Toshiba Excite - until I saw the prices.

Bravo Samsung - well played. Toshiba - why????

I agree... Samsung is getting where this market is going. While its not cutting edge, the 7" is a decent tablet with ICS that will be MORE than enough for most users... at $250!

Looks like I'll be waiting forever to see another decent 8.9 inch tablet, huh? Perfect size for me...

Anyways, the prices look good, but these are hardly an upgrade at all. If you already have a Galaxy tablet, I don't see the point in getting a new one. If I were buying a new tablet, I'd get the Transformer Prime in a heartbeat.

Wandering if this will drop the price of the next ASUS tablets coming out soon... probably not the Google one, but the TF701 (Infinity)???