Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Note 10.1 Coming

February 26, 2012
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Last night, Samsung (who will not be holding any press conferences at MWC, apparently) announced the new Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 slate. The new member of the Tab 2 series, which also includes the already introduced Tab 2 7.0, will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but really, is only a slight improvement over the previous-generation 10.1 Tab.

No word on the pricing yet, but according to Sammy’s press release, the new Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 will first be available in the U.K., followed closely by a worldwide launch.

How is the new Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 better than its kid sister, the Tab 2 7.0? Frankly, not in many ways. Both devices will run the new Android 4.0 ICS, flavored with Samsung’s customary TouchWiz skin, and both will have the same guts: 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, similar 3G and Wi-Fi options and identical front and rear cameras. As we’ve said above, the Tab 2 10.1 battery is better – 7000 mAh, over the 4000 mAh of the Tab 7.0 – but that’s somewhat mandatory in order to accommodate the bigger screen. Speaking of which, the larger, better screen (1280 x 800 resolution, over 7.0’ 1024 x 600) is the most important differentiating factor between the two products.

The Tabs are Relegated to Second-tier, Galaxy Note 10.1 Takes Over

Overall, the Tab 2 series seems to be just a quick refresh of the first Tabs, the biggest improvement being the fact that they run Android 4.0 out of the box. In terms of hardware though, the two generations of Tabs are disappointingly similar.

Samsung may be trying to differentiate its products by intentionally letting the Tab series stagnate, while improving the Note line. If last year, the Tab 10.1 was the flagship device of the Koreans, now it seems that the flagship role will be taken over by the Galaxy Note 10.1, which Samsung is likely to announce in a few hours. If the Tab 2 series will be relegated to a second-tier role, we can at least expect some relatively affordable price tags.

The Note 10.1 is rumored to run on the dual-core Exynos 5250 chip and will also get a hugely improved screen resolution, at 2560 x 1600. We are waiting for more details on the Note 10.1, and we’ll keep you posted as news break. Stay close! Meanwhile, check out the full specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 below.

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Samsung’s new GALAXY Tab 2 series offers optimal multimedia experiences in life

 

February 26, 2012

Samsung introduces its first line-up of tablets for 2012 with the launch of the GALAXY Tab 2 series, expanding the choice of tablets to customers. The GALAXY Tab 2 series includes a 7” version and a 10.1” version. Starting from UK, the GALAXY Tab 2 series will be launched in global market from March.

 

The GALAXY Tab 2 series is available in 3G and WiFi versions, as well as in 7” and 10.1” variants. Light and portable, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) is the ideal personal on-the-go device; while the larger GALAXY Tab 2 (10.1) is well-suited for home and family use.

 

The GALAXY Tab 2 series is exhibited at Samsung stand (Hall 8), Mobile World Congress 2012. For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visitwww.samsungmobilepress.com.
Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) Product Specifications

 

 

 

Network

HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100

Processor

1 GHz Dual-Core Processor

Display

7” WSVGA(1024×600) PLS TFT

OS

Android 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich)

Camera

Main(Rear): 3 Megapixel CameraSub(Front): VGA for Video Call

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8Format: 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebMPlayback/ Recording: Full HD@30fpsHD@30fps

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, OGGMusic Player with SoundAlive3.5mm Ear Jack

Value-added Features

Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel

Samsung Apps

Samsung Hub*- Readers Hub/ Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub

Samsung Hub Widget*

- Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub

Samsung S Suggest* (App recommendation service)

Samsung ChatON mobile communication service

Samsung AllShare Play*

Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies air
GoogleTM Mobile Services- Android Market™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™,Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google Search, Google +
Polaris document editor
 A-GPS, Glonass

Connectivity

Bluetooth technology v 3.0USB 2.0 HostWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct

Sensor

Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light

Proximity(* Available on 3G version only)

Memory

8/16/32GB User memory + 1GB (RAM)

microSD (up to 32GB)

Dimension

193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm, 345g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 4,000mAh

* Availability and launching time of the services may differ by region.
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (10.1) Product Specifications

 

 

Network

HSPA+ 21Mbps  850/900/1900/2100

Processor

1 GHz Dual-Core Processor

Display

10.1” WXGA(1280×800) PLS TFT

OS

Android 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich)

Camera

Main(Rear): 3 Megapixel CameraSub(Front): VGA for Video Call

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.264. H.263, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8Format: 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebMPlayback/ Recording: Full HD@30fpsHD@30fps

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, OGGMusic Player with SoundAlive3.5mm Ear Jack

Value-added Features

Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel

Samsung Apps

Samsung Hub- Readers Hub/ Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub

Samsung Hub Widget*

- Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub

Samsung S Suggest* (App recommendation service)

Samsung ChatON mobile communication servicea

Samsung AllShare Play

Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies air
GoogleTM Mobile Services- Android Market™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™, Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google Search, Google +
Polaris document editor
 A-GPS, Glonass

Connectivity

Bluetooth technology v 3.0USB 2.0 HostWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct

Sensor

Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light

Memory

16/32GB User memory + 1GB (RAM)

microSD (up to 32GB)

Dimension

 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm , 588g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000 mAh

 

 

 

 

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