February 13, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
The first viable Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, will have an updated successor that runs the latest viable tablet software. Samsung announced today that it will begin selling the Galaxy Tab 2 this March, starting in the United Kingdom with more markets to follow.
The Galaxy Tab 2 is a slimmer, rounder, and overall nicer version of the original GTab. It has a 7-inch PLS TFT touchscreen with a WSVGA resolution (1024×600). The device also has a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 3 megapixel fixed focus camera on the back, and a VGA front-facing camera for video calls. There’s also Wifi and HSPA+ 21 Mbps built-in for web connectivity.
The biggest selling point of the Galaxy Tab 2 is that it runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). None of Samsung’s other tablets have ICS, instead relying on the heavily-customized version of Android 3.x (Honeycomb) to power its software. The Tab 2.0 having the latest software means it will have access to a few more apps, new features unique to Ice Cream Sandwich, and and optimized experience not yet present on other devices.
How this stacks up in a world of quad-core processors likely to invade Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks is unclear, but we’ll know this March when the Galaxy Tab 2 goes on sale. In the meantime, here are the Galaxy Tab 2 specs.
Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) Product Specifications
|Network||HSPA? 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100|
|Processor||1 GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|Display||7” WSVGA(1024×600) PLS TFT|
|OS||Android 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich)|
Main(Rear): 3 Megapixel Fixed Focus Camera
Sub(Front): VGA for Video Call
Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Format: 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM
Playback/ Recording: Full HD@30fps, HD@30fps
Codec: MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, Vorbis
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack
Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
|Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies air|
- 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™
(? Available on 3G version only)
Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
USB 2.0 Host
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light
Proximity(? Available on 3G version only)
8/16/32GB User memory ? 1GB (RAM)
|Dimension||193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm, 344g|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-ion 4,000mAh|
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