Samsung has officially unveiled its seventh Android tablet – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which is the first to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from day one.
The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) will be one of the first tablets available with Ice Cream Sandwich, which has a haltingly beautiful design and tons of new features like facial recognition unlocking that make using Android elegant and fun. The Galaxy Tab 2 will join Samsung’s diverse family of tablets like the Tab 8.9 and 10.1, which compete the best they can against Apple’s iPad, the most popular tablet in the world.
Like the original Galaxy Tab P1000 and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, the Galaxy Tab 2 has a 7 inch display with 1024 x 600 pixels. Measuring 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weighing 344 grams.
One of the big selling points of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be that it’ll come running Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) straight out of the box come March. The Galaxy Tab 2 we fondled was sometimes laggy to unlock or while booting up the hubs but on the whole, the 1GHz dual-core processor (and 1GB of RAM) coped just fine with Ice Cream Sandwich-flavoured multi-tasking.
Now Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has three easily accessible hubs – Music Hub, Reader Hub and the new Video hub, to launch you into your digital world. The Video hub has 1000 movie and TV titles to rent or buy and we reckon it’ll easily take on similar entertainment offerings from Sammy’s competitors. Plus the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is one of the first tablets to get in on ‘allshare play’, Samsung’s entertainment-sharing set-up.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2’s 3MP rear facing camera takes surprisingly decent snaps with fairly realistic colours, though we should point out that it’s hard to be an exact judge under the unflattering lights of a convention centre. There’s also a VGA snapper on the front that’s good enough for video calls.
Following are the summary of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2’s features:
* TouchWiz / L!ve Panel UX
* HSPA+ 21Mbps (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz)
* Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
* Bluetooth v 3.0
* 3.5mm headset jack
* USB 2.0
* Samsung Hub
* Samsung ChatON
* 3MP rear camera
* VGA front-facing camera
* 1GHz dual-core processor
* 1GB (RAM)
* 8 / 16 / 32GB user memory
* microSD (up to 32GB)
* 4,000 mAh battery