Just yesterday, the long talked and anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablets have been officially released in US, with detailed information on price and shipment availability first unveiled to public. The Galaxy Tab 2 tablets come in both 7.0 inch and 10.1 inch version. The former tablet is priced at $250, with pre-order on April 12 and shipment available for 10 days later since the pre-order. While the latter one is priced at $400, being available for pre-order on May 4th and shipment since May 13. A light refresh of earlier tablets, the Tab 2 Series comes in 7.0 and 10.1-inch versions and features similar specs, with a few differences.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 features dual camera: 3MP rear camera and the VGA resolution front-facing camera. It adopts 1GB dual-core TI OMAP processor. The device is capable of full 1080p playback at 30fps. Still, the 1024 x 600 TFT LCD display which delivers wide viewing angles and richer color produces you excellent user expeirence to freely watch HD movies on Galaxy Tab 2. It also includes a microSD slot to enlarge memory storage to its internal 8GB memory space and IR blaster. It's a puzzling hardware refresh ushering in modest tweaks to a proven design, with the biggest change of all being the move to Ice Cream Sandwich (with TouchWiz, of course). It all comes down to price, and at $250 this WiFi-only tablet could give consumers with Kindle Fire ire something to talk about. It includes support for GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0.
Most of the update is very incremental, and honestly, not much of an update at all. The processor is the same (dual-core 1GHz) as the Galaxy Tab, as are the displays (1024x600 for the 7.0, 1280x800 for the 10.1), and the camera (3-megapixel on the back, VGA on the front). As for the improvements, you might miss them if you blink. These are the first Galaxy Tabs to roll out with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Samsung has promised the OS will also come to older devices. The addition of front-facing stereo speakers on the 10.1 and a microSD port for both helps Samsung pitch the Tabs as "entertainment" devices. A new infrared port lets you control your entire home theater, including devices from other manufacturers, using your tablet with the Smart Remote app. The app itself is not new.