Samsung to ship Galaxy Tab 2 tablets in US starting April 22

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 model will ship first, followed by 10.1 model on May 13
  • (IDG News Service)
  • 12 April, 2012 09:07

Samsung will ship its next-generation Galaxy Tab 2 tablets in the U.S. starting on April 22, with 7-inch model coming first, and the 10.1-inch model with a larger screen shipping on May 13.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be available starting at US$399.99, which is a considerable price drop from the ongoing $450 price for its predecessor on Amazon.com. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will start at $249.99.

A key enhancement in the new tablets is Google's Android 4.0 OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, which provides usability, graphics and multitasking improvements. The current Galaxy Tabs have Android 3.x, and Samsung officials did not provide a specific date on when it would push out an upgrade to Android 4.0 for current tablets.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 weighs 581 grams with battery, while the 7.0 tablet weighs 344 grams. The 10.1 tablet has storage capacity of up to 32GB, and the 7.0 model has up to 8GB.

The tablets are capable of handling full high-definition video at 30 frames per second. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 screen can display images at a 1280 by 800-pixel resolution, while the 7.0 screen can handle 1024 by 600 pixels. The tablets have 3-megapixel back cameras and VGA front cameras.

The new tablets look and similar to their predecessors and share some common features. The tablets run dual-core processors with a clock speed of 1GHz, which is similar to the chips used in the previous Galaxy Tabs.

"These devices were not intended to be a dramatic change in terms of hardware from the existing Galaxy Tabs because frankly we feel that the hardware on the existing Galaxy Tabs is still extremely competitive and still industry leading," said Travis Merrill, director of tablet marketing at Samsung, during a media briefing.

New on these tablets are microSD slots, which provides expandable storage of up to 32GB. A new IR blaster turns the tablets into smart remotes to control home entertainment systems.

The tablets also feature new Samsung technology called AllShare Play, which allows multimedia content to be shared between tablets, smartphones, TVs and other devices that are compatible with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), a digital-content sharing standard. The Galaxy Tab 2 tablets can also stream multimedia or mirror images on TVs.

Samsung officials could not comment on when the tablets would ship in other countries.

Samsung was the third largest tablet vendor worldwide behind Apple and Amazon in the fourth quarter last year, according to IHS iSuppli. Gartner this week estimated tablet shipments to total 118.9 million this year, with Apple's iPad dominating the market, and Amazon and Samsung being the top Android tablet vendors.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

More about: Amazon, Amazon.com, Apple, etwork, Galaxy, Gartner, Google, IDG, Network Alliance, Samsung
References show all
Comments are now closed.
Related Whitepapers
Latest Stories
Community Comments
ARN Directory | Distributors relevant to this article
Alloys , Aquion , Avnet Technology Solutions , Dicker Data , Dynamic Supplies , Express Data , ICT Distribution , Impact Systems Technology , Ingram Micro Australia , Leader Computers , Multimedia Technology , Samsung Communications , Synnex Australia , Topstar Computer International , TrackITOnline , Wholesale IT , XiT Distribution
Get exclusive access to ARN's news, research and invitation only events.
ARN Distributor Directory
ARN Vendor Directory
Microsites

iAsset is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales,marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

 

Latest News

01:08PM
Central Coast NBN Fibre-to-the-Node trial delivers 105 Mbps
12:47PM
NBN Co reports $1.17 billion loss
12:18PM
Robustel partners with KORE wireless
12:12PM
NBN Co chief calls for government subsidy to offset cost of rural NBN
More News
24 Apr
The China Healthcare ICT Conference 2014
05 May
CeBIT Australia 2014
04 Jun
Security Exhibition and Conference 2014
View all events