Samsung has announced the latest in their line of tablets and this is the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2 which is expected to be released in March in the UK. From there it looks like it will spread to Europe. As of yet, there have been no specifics provided for roll out here in the US but we do expect to see that happen. The Galaxy Tab 2 is not a revolutionary tablet from Samsung, but rather one that looks like the intent is to put a lower price tag on the product for consumers to compete with Amazon and the Kindle Fire. It will be interesting to see whether that can happen.
The processor is a dual core 1 Ghz versus the 1.2 Ghz which comes on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus which does result in a small cost savings. Strange to see a smaller processor when processing speed has been one of the bigger items on tablets of late. This could be done to provided for longer battery life on the tablet but that will have to be tested as reviewers get their hands on this one. The really big news for this is Ice Cream Sandwich which will be coming pre-installed on the Tab 2 making it the first tablet to do so. All other tablets have been installing Android 4.0 after they have been released so this is an important item for Samsung. They have matched their TouchWiz interface with Ice Cream Sandwich which lays the foundation to roll Android 4.0 to other Galaxy Tab tablets. Exactly when that is going to start happening is an unknown.
Other features on the Galaxy Tab 2 are very similar to that of the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. You can look at the specs from the Samsung Press Release which is focusing on multimedia capabilities. Pricing is not official, but seems to indicate a WiFi price of $350 USD so a 3G version will be higher. It does look like this one is not getting 4G LTE which means there will be another one later in the year to provide those who love speed.
If the goal is to produce a 7 inch tablet to compete with the Kindle Fire, Samsung is moving in that direction. If there is some other reason, it does not seem obvious at the moment unless they are testing the waters again to see just how Apple might react to another tablet from Samsung. It will not be long to wait if Apple sees this as a threat to their Apple iPad.