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Samsung has taken the wraps off yet another tablet, this time running the latest version of Android -- Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Tab 2 has a 7-inch form factor similar to the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, and the spec sheet shows similar internals, too.

The Tab 2 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, along with 1GB of RAM, and packs a 7-inch, 1024x600 display. As we said, the main attraction is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which makes the Tab 2 the first Samsung tablet to run the latest version of the OS. Other specs include a 3MP camera on the back and a VGA front-facer, optional 3G/HSPA connectivity, 8/16/32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. Like the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab, the Tab 2 offers voice calling capability, too.

So this appears to be a budget tablet offering from Samsung, and we'd expect to see it priced as such. What's a little strage, however, is that Samsung already has a 7-inch tablet that's almost identical to the Tab 2 -- the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Design aside, the only differences lie in CPU speed and OS -- the Tab 7 Plus runs Honeycomb on an Exynos chip. So we have to wonder where this product fits in Samsung's increasingly crowded tablet line-up.

In any case, if the price is right, it looks like this could be a decent 7-inch tab for mid-range buyers. We've got the the full press release after the jump.

Source: Samsung
More: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Specs; Galaxy Tab 2 forums

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

February 13, 2012

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.


Reader comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 unveiled, runs ICS on a 7-inch display


Yes I agree. 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?

If this is priced right - Interested. I liked the original, use a GS2 and like 7 inch screens. Unfortunately I suspect the UK price will be to high.

Perhaps the ASUS 7 inch tablet will appear at MWC and save us.

The Tegra 3-powered ASUS tablet shown at CES with a $250 price tag is the price/power point that all others will be compared to. I may switch from my Kindle Fire if it turns out to be as good as advertised. The 7-inch form factor is ideal for me.

Why can't the one company that's making money off Android act like zombies hadn't eaten their brains? What's the deal with a bunch of nearly identical tablets? WTF, Samsung?

Samsung is not stupid by any stretch of the imagination.

They didn't build a company as big and profitable as they are by taking advice from people who don't understand their strategic plan.

I am not claiming to know what that plan is, but from what I can tell by their actions, it is clearly working, and they in your own words are "making money off Android."

On the surface some of their moves don't seem to make sense, but clearly since they had a net profit last year (despite multiple costly redesigns of the Tab 10.1) of over 4 billion dollars, they are doing something right.

Aside from having a lower clock speed, this seems to be running a slightly more "touchwizzed" version of Android than the 7.0 Plus (note the icons in the pic,) and the seeming lack of and LED flash. I would be willing to bet that this is going to be Samsung's "budget tablet" to compete with the 7-in $250 ASUS Transformer.

I see this more as crap in the company delaying updates of some of their products to ICS so people jump to the new device with ICS.

I don't see the point. Why do these companies keep releasing the same tablet over and over and over again? Samsung being the worst offender, I get that maybe they fixed a few things here and there but I'd rather them save up and release a real flagship instead of spamming and hoping for the best. Samsung has overall had really good success but its getting ridiculous with the new nearly the same device coming out every other week with a slightly different name. Why can't we just have a version of the S2 with LTE instead of having to rebrand it as the Skyrocket? It's impossible to talk about these devices because I can't even keep track of them much less make a recommendation or decide to buy one for myself. I don't want Apple's once a year one product deal but put some real effort into each new device and wait until the next new thing is worth the upgrade before release! Support it after its out the door!

People complain when devices don't have the latest OS version and now that Samsung comes out with a tablet that has ICS shortly after releasing a tab that has HC there's still complaining?

I like the direction Samsung is going with all these devices.

Why find excuses for them? They should be updating the OS of the tablets that they already have sold, not releasing a new product that only differs by software.

waiting for apple to put a lawsuit against this, just a matter of time before they think this "looks" like a ipad

this is a non-starter. Its pointless and will probably be WAY more than a kindle fire (which STOMPS this thing in specs) and i can put ICS on the Fire.. for $200.. which this will be likely double that.

waste of R&D.

Samsung is making it impossible for monApplely to effectively sue them by creating products faster than apple can bring new litigation to Court.