Monday, February 13, 2012

Samsung unveils ICS-based Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), but can it compete?

Just because Android tablets haven't taken off in the same manner that Android smartphones have, doesn't mean OEMs have given up. They'll even resurrect an old failed device name. Thus, we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0).

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The device will be launched, starting in the U.K., beginning in March.

Obviously launching in a 7-inch form factor, the device will carry a 1GHz dual core processor and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). It will ship in 8/16/32GB internal storage tiers with a microSD slot supporting up to 32GB of extra storage and 1GB of RAM.

Resolution will be 1,024 x 600, which is the same as 2010's original Samsung Galaxy Tab. It will sport a 3MP fixed focus rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

What's notable about these specs? They're not cutting edge. Samsung isn't trying to win customers with amazing hardware specs (which we've said before isn't the way to go --- Apple has proven that).

What's interesting is that we were expecting Android tablet makers to realize they can't compete with Apple if price isn't much better than the iPad's. Pricing, however, for this device is supposed to be as follows, at least for the Scandinavian countries.

Wi-Fi: 2,995SEK ($450)
3G: 3,695 SEK ($556)

Wi-Fi: 349EUR ($463)
3G: 429EUR ($568)

Wi-Fi: 2,400NOK ($420)
3G: 2,990NOK ($523)

Wi-Fi: 2,350DKK ($419)
3G: 3,995DKK ($712) (possibly a typo)

We're hoping this info isn't correct. Android fans that we are, we can't see these devices doing all that well priced like this.

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