Recently, we received disappointing news about the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which has been pushed to late April in the UK, with a worldwide release to follow soon after. The delayed release is most likely because of Samsung's difficulties in optimizing its TouchWiz interface on Android 4.0, as exemplified by the delayed release of the ICS update for the Galaxy Note.
We now have some more information on the imminent arrival of the Tab 2 10.1, courtesy of, surprisingly, Office Depot. Of course, Office Depot probably isn't the re-seller of choice for Samsung, but they are the first to give us the expected pricing of the Tab 2. The cost, as seen below, is likely going to be $399.99 for the 8GB Wi-Fi version.
The specifications of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1” are:
- 10.1″ multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
- 1280×800 resolution
- Android 4.0 OS with TouchWiz 4.0
- 3MP rear camera, VGA front camera
- 1Ghz dual core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8/16/32 GB internal memory, expandable by microSD
- 7,000 mAH battery
The Galaxy Tab 2, although touted as the successor to Samsung's original 10.1″ tablet, doesn't bring a lot of changes over the initial version. Substantial updates include a thinner chassis, front facing speakers, a larger battery, and Android 4.0 out of the box. With the advent of quad-core and faster dual-core processors, the inclusion of an 1Ghz processor from last year, while still fast, is slightly disappointing. This could also be Samsung's attempt at moving the Tab series to the middle of the price spectrum, with the announced Galaxy Note 10.1 on its way.
This seems to have translated to the Galaxy Tab 2 being one of the most affordable 10.1″ tablets available on the market. It is increasingly difficult to find a high-end 10-inch tablet for less that $500, but at only about $400, it seems that Sammy is attempting to change that. Of course, this is for the 8GB WiFi only model, so we can definitely expect the 16/32GB and 3G versions to be pricier.
The product page has since been pulled by Office Depot, but, at least, we now have a fair idea of how much is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 going to cost.
Are you looking forward to Galaxy Tab 2? Are the specifications good enough? Would you rather hold out for the Galaxy Note 10.1?