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What’s that wedding rhyme: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? Samsung has taken it to heart with its Galaxy Tab 2. The 7-inch slate borrows the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus form-factor and display and adds Android 4.0, Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich software for tablets.

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If the 7-inch tablet market was like a wedding, Samsung would be the best bride out there. Along the lines of the old rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, ” Samsung has reportedly announced the Galaxy Tab 2, which is old and new at the same time. The 7-inch slate borrows the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus form-factor and display and adds Android 4.0, Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich software for tablets.

I’m not sure I understand the reasoning behind such a product, and I say that as a daily Galaxy Tab user. I bought the original Galaxy Tab in late 2010 and recently replaced it with a Galaxy Tab 7.7, Samsung’s first tablet to use a Super AMOLED Plus high-definition display. Take a peek at my first-look video to see this speedy slate. Frankly, last year’s Tab 7 “Plus” wasn’t enough of an upgrade for me and neither would this new Tab, expected to hit the European markets in March. Here’s a high-level list of what Samsung is selling in the new Tab 2:

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM with options for 8, 16, and 32 GB of internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot for memory expansion
  • 7-inch; 1024 x 600 resolution
  • 3 megapixel fixed focus rear camera; VGA front camera
  • Bluetooth 3.0; GPS; HSPA+ support (on 3G model); Wi-Fi

This hardware configuration is mediocre at best, but gives Samsung a “new” entry-level slate in the 7-inch market. Pricing is expected to start at 349 Euros (US $463). The big draw of course is Android 4.0, but that doesn’t make up for a fixed-focus camera or a low-resolution display. If nothing else, this waters down Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line-up. The only way I could see a huge number of sales is if the pricing is reduced to better compete with tablets in the $199 to $249 range: Think Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.

As a current Galaxy Tab 7.7 owner, the Galaxy Tab 2 news is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s clear that Samsung has successfully integrated its TouchWiz interface with Android 4.0. But on the other, I’m stuck with Android 3.2 until Samsung releases a software upgrade for my higher-end tablet. I knew that when I bought the device, so I don’t mind. And I know how to flash custom software on my tablet, so I’ll likely do so if Samsung drags its feet with an update.

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  1. Wow, this is disappointing as I’m in the market for right-priced 7″ tablet.

    In the neighborhood of $300 this thing would make a certain kind of sense. At $463 it’s laughable.

    1. Kevin C. Tofel O Monday, February 13, 2012

      Bear in mind that mobile device pricing isn’t typically done through straight currency conversions. Often a price in Euros is the same as in dollars when a device somes here. Example: The GTab 2.0 starts at 349 Euros and would be likely to start at $349 here. Obviously, that’s just a general rule of thumb, so we’ll have to see what Samsung says about U.S. pricing and availability.

      1. Yep, very good point. I’ve noticed that kind of pricing for games and such in the past, but it completely slipped my mind here.

        That said, even $349 is a bit much given those specs.

        1. Kevin C. Tofel O Monday, February 13, 2012

          Totally agree: $249 would be about right IMO, especially if Samsung wants to push into the mainstream consumer market with the Tab.

  2. This better be $200, otherwise it doesn’t make sense at all. Even $250 would be too high, considering there’s a Tegra 3 7″ tablet coming from Asus soon, and I believe it has a higher resolution, too.

    But if it’s supposed to start at 350 euro, then it’s probably going to be around $350 in US. It’s still way too high, though. I don’t understand Samsung’s move here either.

  3. “when you say “1 GHz dual-core processor” what do you mean, its about as useless as saying it got a CPU in there.

    please state the full spec as in what is the exact SOC, make model and capability’s on-board etc, i dont buy or advocate my kit based on such vague outlines as its got a CPU and ram, again what speed ram and interface….

    1. Pip, all great questions. And as soon as Samsung provides the details, we’ll have answers. Here’s the official Samsung press release, which doesn’t provide the information. http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2012/02/13/Samsung's-new-GALAXY-Tab-2-(7.0)-offers-optimal-multimedia-experiences-in-life

      I expect we’ll get the full specifications at Mobile World Congress. Thanks!

  4. to vague,might as well just say its got a cpu and ram, i realise its not common having to deal with actual real spec’s given there as so many today that understand so little about so much but i dont buy or advocate on mass with such vague spec’s.

    its simple enough, what is the exact SOC, make, model and ram speed/bus on-board

  5. I dont see why anyone would put 350 dollars for this 7 inch tab just for ICS. The original Motorola Xoom is selling for under 350 on amazon and its got Android 4.0, has superior hardware and 10.1 inch screen. #justsaying

  6. Hi,

    I bought the Galaxy Tab with high expectations and it was exactly what I expected. Basatne Electronics shipped me the tablet just within Three days after my order. Samsung Galaxy Tab is petty good and 3.2HC OS is also avaliable in the market(you have to update for that) CAM is great it shoot in HD 720p.

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