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Verizon Wireless is to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, the carrier has announced. The Tab 2 7.0 is the 7-inch version of Samsung's second-generation Galaxy Tab, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz on a 1024x600 display. Unlike other versions of the Tab 2, Verizon's model will run on its 4G LTE network. Its specs are relatively unremarkable, with a 1GHz dual-core CPU inside and 1GB of RAM, however if you're after a decent, small tablet with LTE connectivity, you could certainly do worse.

Verizon will offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from this Friday, Aug. 17, for $349.99. The carrier's usual "Share Everything" data plan is available for the device, starting at $40 for 4GB of 4G LTE data.

We're seeing more and more competitively-priced 7-inch tablets as the year progresses. With this latest release, Verizon and Samsung will be hoping that the additional bonus of 4G LTE data will tempt consumers over to the Tab 2, rather than Google's Nexus 7 or Apple's upcoming 7-inch iPad.

For fans of press releases, there's more info on the Verizon Tab 2 7.0 to be found in the official presser after the break.

VERIZON WIRELESS ADDS SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 2® 7.0
TO EXPANSIVE TABLET PORTFOLIO

Affordable 7-inch Tablet with Access to Rich Multimedia on
America’s Largest 4G LTE Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announce the latest addition to the Samsung Galaxy Tab portfolio, the Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 (7.0), available beginning August 17 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. Powered by Verizon Wireless 4G LTE, Galaxy Tab 2 customers will have access to 4G LTE in 337 markets and counting, covering nearly 75 percent of the United States population.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) features power and portability with its 4G LTE connectivity and 7-inch display making mobile entertainment easy. The Galaxy Tab 2 runs Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and comes loaded with multimedia-rich apps like Netflix and Samsung’s Media Hub for watching movies and TV shows while on the go or on the couch. Customers can also take advantage of the compact design and use the Amazon Kindle app to keep their favorite books with them at all times. The Peel Smart Remote app turns the Tab 2 into a universal remote, helping customers easily find their favorite shows and eliminates the need for multiple remote controls.

The Tab 2 is also a SAFE™ (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) device featuring on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. Additionally, the Galaxy Tab 2 can maximize productivity with the Polaris® Office application to easily create and edit documents. The app is optimized for tablets and has support for various file types like Microsoft® Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Adobe® PDF, Zip files and more.

Additional features:

4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of  5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area
Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich – support for Google Mobile™ Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™ and access to more than 600,000 apps available to download from Google™ Play Store
·         3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera for video chat

·         1.2 GHz dual-core application processor

·         Bluetooth® 4.0 technology

·         Multiple video file formats supported, including DivX and XviD support
·         Wi-Fi® Connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)

·         8GB  internal memory with support for up to 64 GB microSD™ card

Business features:

Samsung's SAFE enterprise mobility solutions provide flexibility and connectivity for mobile workforces, ensuring that customers are able to operate more efficiently on–the-move.
·         Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) - Communicate directly with your Microsoft Exchange Server enabling push email, calendar and contacts
·         Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) Support from Industry-Leading Solutions Providers – Supports industry-standard VPN protocols to help customers efficiently tap into VPN networks, and MDM capabilities that allow IT departments to effectively safeguard employees’ mobile devices and corporate data
·         On Device Encryption - SAFE helps prevent unauthorized access to mobile data by leveraging the AES 256-bit encryption standard, encrypting all data, including app-specific internal data and internal/external memory

Price and availability:
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Aug. 17 for $349.99
New customers can subscribe to a Share Everything plan for data devices starting at $40 for 4 GB of sharable data. Existing customers who already have a Share Everything plan can add the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) to their account for $10 monthly access. For additional information on Share Everything customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

 

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Verizon announces Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

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Depends on what your contract is. If you are already on share everything just get the LTE version, if not then by all means keep your unlimited or "old" 2gb/4gb plan and tether.

LTE is fantastic but it does kind of sting that you can burn through even a 4GB allotment in about 12 minutes (at 45 megabits, which i have personally gotten on VZ LTE). Thank god for grandfathered unlimited data!

I don't think I could do a tablet that wasn't at least 720p. How can my 7" tablet have lower resolution than my 4.6" phone?

You'd be much better off with a Nexus 7 and tethering or, if you don't want the battery drain, a Nexus 7 and a mifi device. For me, the absolute deal breaker is the 1024 X 600 resolution. That's simply unacceptable in 2012, and lower than what you get from the current generation of superphones.

This is really seen as an "entry level" tablet and it sounds like they are going after the business market that doesnt want the bulk of an iPad (before the "new iPad Mini" comes out.) The price tag reflects that (less than the iPad or most other tablets except the Nexus 7).

If I were a businessman, I'd get a mifi that can be used for a laptop or tablet and not anchor myself to an entry level tablet that does less than something that costs $199.

Don't get a tablet with less than 720p. It isn't worth it. Everything is too big on the screen and tablet apps just don't have the room to work with so they look bad.

Get the hell out. This tablet's specs is 2 years old, and it's priced far, far above competitors with better hardware. What the hell is that about?

Wish these yahoos would get the hint that people don't want so-so tablets for shitloads of money.

nexus 7.. nuff said.

WHY would you pay $150 more for WAAAAY less of a tablet with slower updates and an expensive data plan. Nexus 7, wifi tether.. DONE.

You could almost buy 2 nexus 7's for that price.

Yeah, this is pretty bizarre. Have they been stuck in a time-lock for the last year and a half? I'm starting to wonder about Sammy. First, their new top-of-the-line tablet, the GNote 10, has pretty much the same res as the 4.6" screen on my GNex. Now this? Do they think that, now that they're in the lead, we'll just blindly take what they give us?

they do.. once Ur at the top its about keeping ur current customers and not necessarily bringing all the WOW to get new customers... i mean it worked for apple.... oh wait... lol

However, i will say that resolution isn't everything. the whole retina ipad display is pretty dumb IMO. it take a LOT more hardware to run games at that res and most games look less detailed... why not just match 1080p resolution and call it good. then it will all look good no matter what screen ur putting it on??

it IS a better size, and comes with a better CPU, a better (and higher res) screen, and infrared.

what else do you want?