Updated on February 19th, 2013
Samsung recently unveiled another addition to its already robust Android tablet line-up. The Korean company has taken the lid off the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) which is a 7-inch tablet almost similar in design to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. I say “almost” because even if they are both 7-inch tablets, there are notable differences between the two with respect to design and finish, and even in specs. The front of the Galaxy Tab 2 shows more of that gray metallic material on top and at the bottom and it also has a different back cover compared to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The naming scheme is a little baffling since we all thought that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus was the successor to the original Galaxy Tab. With the launch of the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), it would now appear that the “Plus” model is just a minor update of the original Galaxy Tab, with the Tab 2 taking the title as the real successor.
The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) of course differentiates itself from the rest of Samsung’s Galaxy tablets by being the first to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It will also feature an updated TouchWiz interface which I suspect is made to complement Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Galaxy Tab 2 does not compete with the recently launched Galaxy Tab 7.7 in specs but it packs a decent set nonetheless. The Galaxy Tab 2 will run a 1GHz dual-core processor (the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a faster 1.2GHz dual-core CPU), 1GB RAM and will also feature a 1024 x 600 display, a 3 megapixel back camera, a VGA front camera, HSPA+ connectivity and Bluetooth. The Galaxy Tab 2 will be offered in 3G and WiFi versions.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab 2 will be available in March but the UK will get the tablet ahead of the others, including the Philippines. Pricing is still unknown but it should just be a more expensive, if not just as expensive, as the Galaxy 7.0 Plus.