Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: New 7-Incher Is Samsung's First Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 appears to be a much better 7-inch tablet than the original (it now gets Ice Cream Sandwich and a dual-core 1GHz processor), is it reeeeeeally that necessary when the Samsung now makes 7.7, 8.9 and 10.1-inch tablets as well?

The Galaxy Tab 2 has a dual-core, 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, the option of 3G data and 32GB of internal storage (plud microSD card slot). At 10.4mm and 343g, it's thinner and lighter than the original Galaxy tab, which was 12mm and 368.5g, but it's also not a radical engineering feat either.

I'm an Android tablet fan, but can't see why this tablet exists. As of late, Samsung has been all about pushing their premium devices in the mobile space, but this one is pretty average. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, which leaves room for the possibility this never sees the light of day in say, the US and is merely an attempt to gain market share in other regions. Could that be Australia where the Galaxy tab arrived late? The Samsung website is currently down for maintenance until 8am. Stay tuned.

Update: AU site back onine, but no Galaxy Tab 2. Just the original model as before. [Samsung]

The GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) offers users easy multimedia access, playback and sharing experiences with Samsung Hub services. Samsung’s Music Hub provides a full music store solution with access to over 17 million tracks. Additionally, the Readers Hub provides the user with access to over 2.3 million e-books, 3,500 magazines and over 2,000 newspapers in 51 languages, while the Game Hub instantly connects users to the latest game titles. Samsung is also introducing the Video Hub, which offers over 1,000 film titles for purchase or rent, and provides reviews, trailers and recommendations for easier content selection using the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0).

Complementing the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)’s multimedia offering is Samsung’s upgraded Touchwiz user interface that features Hub widgets for one-step access to users’ content in Hubs; the device also presents S Suggest, a new service offering recommendations of apps suited to users’ tastes directly on a home screen.

The GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)’s superb multimedia experience is further boosted by Samsung’s AllShare Play, a new content-sharing service available for the first time on any Samsung mobile device. AllShare Play allows users to play or live-stream their multimedia content on their GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) from PCs, other Samsung smart devices as well as third-party web storages. Users can also easily transfer content to other devices or directly to web services.

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