Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 2, its first Android 4.0 tablet

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 2, its first Android 4.0 tablet

Summary: The latest tablet from Samsung may not have much reason to exist, but it does have Android 4.0.


Say hello to yet another tablet from Samsung.

The latest from the company is the Galaxy Tab 2, a follow-up to the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy 7.0 Plus, which was announced last September.

The Galaxy Tab 2 includes a 1GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a pair of cameras, and the choice of either 16GB or 32GB of RAM. Those numbers make it more or less identical to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which should rightfully lead you to wonder why Samsung is realizing its latest device in the first place.

In fact, the Tab 2's only significant feature is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is supplemented by the latest version of Samsung's TouchWiz overlay.

And, really, it's TouchWiz that we have to blame for the Galaxy Tab 2 in the first place. Samsung announced last December that the original Galaxy Tab would not be getting the Android 4.0 upgrade because the tablet's hardware did not allow it to run TouchWiz alongside Android.

The Galaxy Tab 2 will land in the UK in March, and elsewhere soon after. Seeing as how the device features a 3G radio, it's a safe bet to assume that Samsung will announce the device in the U.S. alongside an announcement from either AT&T or T-Mobile, both of which offered the original Tab 7.

Topics: Processors, Android, Google, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Samsung, Tablets

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    • RE: Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 2, its first Android 4.0 tablet

      @toddbottom <br>Have they...are you sure! Oh no....I must have missed that headline somewhere. Oh...your just joking...ha ha ha ha!<br><br>On a more serious note it looks like Samsung have no real direction...just get their engineers working on products and then if it passes QA (presumably) then just push it out the door without even looking at what else they or others have done. They probably don't even care if it sells because they figure some schmuck will buy it.
    • RE: Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 2, its first Android 4.0 tablet

      This also looks more like the 'n' variant that German courts have ruled looked different enough. Samsung has probably made other little changes to make it harder for Apple to sue about with the current (as of design final) knowledge of Apple's patents (with consideration to court rulings).
  • Well

    This tablet is not really appealing. It is not this way that Samsung will compete efficiently in the Tablet market unless this model is very, very cheap.
  • RE: Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 2, its first Android 4.0 tablet

    Ridiculous tablet.
    Hope Motorola dont do the same with Xoom. (Will they upgrade the Android of Xoom? I didnt received any updates yet)
  • The Android device maker business model:

    want a new version of Android? Buy a new tablet. And folks call Apple greedy.
  • At least it has Jellybean

    Thankfully, Samsung upgraded the Tab 2 to Jellybean 4.1 which is a good improvement over the former Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. It's not a “perfect tablet” as there is no such thing. Even the most recent models, like the Nexus 7, have plenty of drawbacks.

    The Galaxy Tab 2 is a well rounded device, which might have what you are looking for. If you want an economical tablet that can handle plenty of apps, browsing and can last for a big while the Tab 2 can do the trick.

    You can take a look here: to see a complete view of the Tab 2.