Samsung has announced a new tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). Yes, according to the press release, Samsung really has put the screen size in brackets, presumably to avoid any confusion should it have called it simply Tab 2 7.0, which could be read as the device having a 27-inch screen.
Ridiculous name aside (well, it is Samsung), long-time tablet fans will remember the original Galaxy Tab, the popular 7-inch model released around the same time as the first iPad, which ran Google Android 2.1. This is the sequel to just that tablet, and the company’s first to run Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
It’s going to be made available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G options, and boasts a 1GHz dual-core processor, a pair of cameras – 3 megapixel around the back, and a VGA camera for video calling on the front – plus GPS, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 3.0
The screen will measure 7-inches and has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, while Android 4.0 will have Samsung’s latest version of TouchWiz over the top. Several content ‘Hubs’ covering music, movies, games and electronic publications such as books and magazines will also be installed.
The form factor, processor and screen size puts the Galaxy Tab 2 in the same category as the Amazon Fire, which isn’t currently available in the UK, so it will be interesting to see what price Samsung attaches to this mid-range slate. Price it correctly – that’s £200 Samsung, if you’re wondering – and it could be a big success.
Samsung has yet to reveal both the official price and where the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) will go on sale, but this information will probably become clearer during Mobile World Congress, as the tablet is expected to go on sale in March.