Samsung Announces Its First Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet, Galaxy Tab 2
With a 1GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and pair of cameras, Galaxy Tab 2 comes in three storage specs, 8 GB,16 GB, and 32 GB. The specs are almost same as the recently introduced its Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus, and I wonder Samsung is pushing the unsold inventory of its Galaxy Tab 7.0 by just upgrading it to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The Tablet comes with updated TouchWiz interface laid over Ice Cream Sandwich. I remember that Google sometime back said it is going to standardize user interface across all the Android 4.0 tablets. Well this proves that Google has no control over Android Devices and their User Experiences. .
Here are the complete specs:
Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) Product Specifications
o Network: HSPA＋ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
o Processor: 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
o Display: 7” WSVGA(1024×600) PLS TFT
o OS: Android 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich)
o Camera Main(Rear): 3 Megapixel Fixed Focus Camera
o Camera Sub(Front): VGA for Video Call
o Video Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
o Video Format: 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM
o Video Playback/ Recording: Full HD@30fps, HD@30fps
o Audio Codec: MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, Vorbis
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack
o Following are the Value-added Features
Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies air
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
GoogleTM Mobile Services – Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Earth™, YouTube™, Google Maps™, Syncing with Google Calendar™
Polaris, A-GPS, Glonass (＊ Available on 3G version only)
o Connectivity: Bluetooth® technology v 3.0, USB 2.0 Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
o Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light, Proximity(＊ Available on 3G version only)
o Memory/Storage: 8/16/32GB User memory ＋ 1GB (RAM) and microSD (up to 32GB)
o Dimension: 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm, 344g
o 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.
Didn’t Samsung say during December 2011 that the current Galaxy Tabs wouldn’t get Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade because of hardware incompatibilities? Well what else they have in this Galaxy Tab 2.0 that is not there in Galaxy Tab 7.0 is beyond my knowledge. To me, it just sounds like an OS upgraded Galaxy Tabs 7.0 Plus. If not, Samsung should clear us what is the “thing” in hardware that differentiates this with Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus. The Galaxy Tab 2.0 will be sold in UK first and later may shore towards this side of the Atlantic Ocean. This Tablet also comes with 3G Radio, and I hope they will be sold with AT&T or T-Mobile Branding or Samsung just will announce WiFi model and sell it here in the USA.
Wow… what a lame update.. seriously outdated hardware…