The emergence of the Galaxy Tab 2 has been swift. In comparison to this, its predecessor, the first generation 7 inch Galaxy Tab has been longer in the gestation period, allowing rumor mongers considerably more time to play around with the Android 2.2 Froyo tablet until it got formally announced.
So, here we are, in less than six months after having the Galaxy Tab amongst us, we now have the bigger and better but thinner Galaxy Tab 2 announced at the MCW in Barcelona. Not too far from Berlin where its smaller sibling first got to see the light of day. Apart from the above mentioned credentials, one major highlight of the new Galaxy Tab 2 is its operating system, which at Android 3.0 Honeycomb make it one of the most eagerly awaited tablets.
However, apart from the operating system, the rest of the tablet spec too warrants a closer look. Like its got a 1 GHz Dual Core processor, a 10.1 inch TFT LCD display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels along with on board storage option of 16 and 32 GB. A twin camera setup has been provided to the Galaxy Tab 2, with a 8.0 Mega Pixel unit at the rear complete with auto focus and LED Flash (fast approaching standalone digital cameras here) along with a more modest 2.0 Mega Pixel Camera on the front of the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 complies with HSPA+ and EDGE/GPRS mobile broadband technology and also includes other connectivity features such as Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and WiFi 802.11 (a/b/g/n). Then the Android 3.0 tablet also features an USB 2.0 port along with a 3.5 mm Ear Jack. The tablet also packs a strong multimedia punch in that it is capable of playing back 1080p Full HD Video while being capable of recording video of the same quality as well. A stereo surround sound twin speaker set up makes the Galxy tab 2 a true entertainment powerhouse.
These apart, the Galaxy Tab 2 also includes the usual features such as gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor, and digital compass. However, the one aspect of the latest Samsung tablet that is making as much noise as everything else is its weight, which is surprising low at just 600 gms in spite of it having an external dimension of 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9 mm. This also makes the Galaxy Tab2 lighter than the iPad though the next gen iPad 2 is also rumored to be considerably lighter. Looks like its exciting times ahead in the tablet segment. Meanwhile, a 6860mAh is set to power the new Galaxy Tab though there are battery run times available just yet.
As for the availability of the tablet, Samsung is reported to have entered into an alliance with Vodafone which will be the exclusive carrier partner, at least as of now. Further, the Galaxy Tab is slated to hit stores this spring in the Asian and European markets before it sets sail for the Americas. Samsung has partnered with Vodafone to launch Galaxy Tab 10.1 in 20 countries around the globe this spring. Vodafone’s Group Director of Terminals, Patrick Chomet had this to say of the Galaxy Tab’s availability: “Vodafone customers in over 20 markets around the world will be the first to get the GALAXY Tab 10.1 when it goes on sale this spring. Samsung have produced a stylish, market-leading implementation of the new Android 3.0 platform which will be the first Honeycomb device to arrive in many of those markets. Vodafone’s competitive data tariffs and reliable, high-speed networks make using the GALAXY Tab 10.1 a great experience.”
Watch this speace for more on this along with other tablet news from the MCW 2011.