The original Samsung Galaxy Tab, which was the first real Android-based competitor to the iPad, divided opinion when it was launched late in 2010. 16 months later and the company has unveiled an update which will come with the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), which will launch first in the UK at the beginning of March, will come with a 1024 x 600 LCD screen, will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and come with 1GB of RAM.
The tablet will be 10.5mm thick, which isn’t exactly chunky but is certainly not as thin as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It will feature a fixed-focus camera on the rear without an LED flash, which is joined by a VGA camera on the front.
In terms of connectivity, you’ll get Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and Wi-Fi with a 3G option also available. You’ll be able to choose between a 16GB or 32GB version of the new tablet and it will also include a microSD card for expansion. A 4,000mAh battery is also included though no official battery life has been stated.
The big upgrade however comes in terms of software, with the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) the first Samsung tablet to come with Android 4.0 preloaded. This will be skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, Samsung Hubs for music and films as well as the ChatON IM app.
Samsung has not yet revealed pricing or who will be offering it in the UK, but we will almost certainly be seeing it in the flesh at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks where we will be bringing you all the details.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the new tablet and what price you think it should be sold at.