Samsung has just announced the successor to their Galaxy Tab, which by most accounts was the first noteworthy Android tablet. The new tablet, which is the first Samsung tablet to launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, offers specs that are eerily similar to its cousin—the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. In fact, at first glance they only appear to differ by aesthetics, processor, and preloaded OS. While the processor type is unknown, we know its clock speed to be 1 GHz—curiously less than the Tab 7 Plus. Similarly strange, the Tab 2 is 10.5 mm thick, versus 9.96 mm for the 7 Plus.
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1GHz Dual-core processor of unknown type and 1GiB RAM
- 7″ PLS Display at WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600)
- Dimensions: 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm, 344g
- 16GiB or 32GiB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot
- 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera
- Bluetooth 3.0 and HSPA+ connectivity
- 4,000 mAh battery
With the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus receiving an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich this quarter, is there really room for yet another 7″ slate from Samsung—and one with seemingly inferior specs? Unless the price is extremely compelling, I’m going to wager that there isn’t. Are you looking forward to Samsung’s first ICS tablet?