I certainly was not expecting a new Galaxy Tab to be announced this morning and in a way I feel like a new one wasn’t. Samsung just announced that it will be releasing the Galaxy Tab 2 in Europe. The Galaxy Tab 2 is essentially the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with a 1 GHz dual core processor instead of the of 1.2 GHz processor found in the 7.0 Plus.
The battery capacity is also a bit lower in the Galaxy Tab 2 at 4,000 mAh compared to 4,100 mAh. It has the same 4,000 mAh battery found in the 7.0 Plus.
The name Galaxy Tab 2 is certainly fitting for this device since it is very much the sequel to the original Galaxy Tab. A feature that I have not noticed on any of the other Galaxy Tabs since the first one is the ability to use it as a phone. The Galaxy Tab 2 can be used as a phone! Just connect a Bluetooth headset to it and you are good to go.
The most interesting thing about the Galaxy Tab 2 is the fact that it will come with a skinned version of Android 4.0 with TouchWiz on top. This ROM can likely be ported to other devices like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, 7.7, or 7.0 Plus.
It will be launching in the UK in March followed by Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. The device costs around $420 to $450 USD for the Wi-Fi model and $520 to $550 for the 3G model.
The specs are a bit stale in the world of quad-core tablets brought on by the Transformer Prime. Personally, I am not very excited about this tablet and am much looking forward to the Galaxy Tab 3 that should be announced soon.
|Screen Size||7.0 inches|
|Screen Technology||PLS LCD|
|Resolution||1024 x 600 WSVGA|
|Rear Camera||3.0 MP with Fixed Focus|
|Processor||1.0 GHz Dual Core|
|Memory||8/16/32GB /w microSD support|
|Operating System||Android 4.0 w/TouchWiz UX|