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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)

Mobile World Congress hasn't even officially started but some companies have already shown us something new. One of them is Samsung with its Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). As the name suggests, it's the successor to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. Go ahead to find out what's changed.

First of all, let's speak about the design. As you can see, it looks pretty similar to the German version of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 - called the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. In case you don't know, Samsung wasn't allowed to sell their Galaxy Tab in Germany because it looked too similar to Apple's iPad / iPad 2. Therefore, Sammy made a slightly modified version of their tablet - the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Looks like Samsung doesn't take any chances this time. Hopefully, this prevents another patent war between Samsung and Apple.

Enough with the design, let's come to the fun part - the specs. Unfortunately, there's not much new to tell.

Sammy seems to stick with the specs the original Galaxy Tab already had:

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor (Tegra 2)
  • 10.1" screen (1280x800 pixels)
  • 3MP rear camera (recording in 720p at 30fps)
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16 / 32GB of internal storage
  • microSD (up to 32GB)
  • 7,000 mAh battery
  • dimensions: 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm
  • weight: 588 grams
  • running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

The only improvement we can spot is the microSD slot which was (for some reason) missing in the original Galaxy Tab. Well, the battery also changed from 6,800 to 7,000 mAh but those 200 aren't really going to make a big difference.

If you take a look at the dimensions, you will notice that it's even got about 1 mm thicker. That is admittedly not much. But with all the same specs we just cannot think of a good reason for it being thicker.

As far as the software is concerned, it's obviously going to ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz on top.

Samsung hasn't lost a word on pricing yet. But in order to choose this one over practically the same original Galaxy Tab 10.1, this one will need to be a whole lot cheaper. That, we will find out in March, when it begins to ship in the United Kingdom.

I personally have to say that I'm pretty much disappointed from this device. And for me there arises the question: No quad-core tablet from Samsung? We will see.

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