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

The latest tablet from Samsung may not have much reason to exist, but it does have Android 4.0.
Written by Ricardo Bilton, Contributor

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.

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