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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Announced


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Announced

Samsung has just unveiled a new second generation 10.1in Android tablet to accompany its 7in Galaxy Tab 2 announced last week.

Seemingly the simply named Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) replaces last years Galaxy Tab 10.1 but on the surface little seems to have changed, leading us to believe - as with the 7in Galaxy Tab 2 - that these may be the new lower rung tablets in the range, with a much rumoured 10.1in Galaxy Note taking up top spot. We'll be finding out soon enough once Mobile World Congress kicks off officially tomorrow.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 2

What the Tab 2 (10.1) does bring is 10.1in LCD screen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, the same dual-core dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, front and rear cameras (VGA and 3-megapixels, respectively) and 21Mbps HSPA - both a Wi-Fi only and 3G Wi-Fi versions should be available. One big upgrade, though is the inclusion of not only up to 32GB of onboard storage but a microSD slot as well for adding up to another 32GB. It will also run Android 4.0 ICS straight out the box.

No word yet on pricing but it should be arriving in the UK in March. We'll be hands on at some point in the next few days to see just how both this and the 7in variation stack up.

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Peter Morris

February 27, 2012, 2:00 pm

Dual core? Interesting...

I've never had a product become obsolete as quickly as my iPad 1. The iOS upgrades have made it slow, Safari constantly crashes (check the Apple forums to see I'm not alone in either of these) and the 16GB is hideously restrictive.

While Apple claim not to publish performance & memory specs on the grounds that we should "trust them" to create a cohesive and responsive system, upgrades clearly show that they have got that wrong.

So, dual core in the Tab 2? That's going to put no pressure on Apple to deliver a quad core (I know the die is already cast on iPad 3 HW) but there's a principle here. The iPad is closed, in a hardware sense. I won't buy something that is going to be obsolete in two years. It's financially crazy and terrible for the environment.

The Tab 2 hasn't delivered enough to promise long-term viability. Who knows what demands Jelly Bean will bring to the table and there's still the overwhelming advantage that the Apple App Store brings to that platform.

I've totally fallen in love with Tablet computing (and music making) so I have to upgrade soonish but Galaxy have not done enough to make me shift platform. Sorry, Samsung, but my choice is currently another year with my iPad 1 or, should Apple do the impossible and put quad core and a micro SD into the iPad 3, my money will be on their table.

I hate the concept of disposable computing in phones and tablets. I have a 10-year old Powerbook that still performs like a dream on office tasks and browsing. That's VFM...

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