Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, with Android 4.0, announced

Even though Samsung hasn't really sold a lot of its various Galaxy Tab tablets since it was first announced back in September 2010, that isn't stopping the company from releasing new models. Today Samsung revealed the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, a new seven inch version of the tablet that will also be the first Galaxy Tab that will come with Google's new Android 4.0 operating system out of the box.

Aside from the new Ice Cream Sandwich OS, there's not a lot to crow about in terms of the tablet's hardware features. It has a 1 GHz dual core processor, a mere three megapixel rear facing camera, a VGA front facing camera, 1 GB of memory, and support for either WiFi only or WiFi/HSPA+ 21Mbps wireless connections.

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be sold in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB versions for storage and it will also have a MicroSD slot to add additional storage space up to 32 GB.

Samsung says it will launch the tablet in the UK sometime in March followed by other countries around the world at some time in the future. Pricing for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has yet to be announced.

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If Apple sues over this, just further proves that they are out to block the competition more than anything else. The top/bottom silver border is thicker than the rest so Samsung changed the look.

techbeck said,
If Apple sues over this, just further proves that they are out to block the competition more than anything else. The top/bottom silver border is thicker than the rest so Samsung changed the look.

This doesn't even compete with the iPad 2 let alone the iPad 3 which will be out when this thing launches

DomZ said,

This doesn't even compete with the iPad 2 let alone the iPad 3 which will be out when this thing launches

So? Doesnt have to.

Somehow, I think the 4:3 display ratio is much better for a tablet than 16:9. Why are almost all tablets, besides iPad, 16:9?

matrix64 said,
Somehow, I think the 4:3 display ratio is much better for a tablet than 16:9. Why are almost all tablets, besides iPad, 16:9?

Not sure, but I think it's a requirement for Android 3.0+ tablets.

matrix64 said,
Somehow, I think the 4:3 display ratio is much better for a tablet than 16:9. Why are almost all tablets, besides iPad, 16:9?

FWIW, that 'somehow' you're feeling is probably because a sheet of paper is extremely close to a 4:3 ratio. But if you're curious about why tablets are leaning 16:9, here are some thoughts:

Video. It's still wide screen, and content in the old ratios is evaporating. When you see one device that shows the whole picture next to another device with either black bars or cropping, there you go.

Games. In landscape mode, a wide screen gives controls somewhere to go (the left and right edges), keeping your hands away from what suddenly becomes roughly a 4:3 ratio of unobstructed view. If the screen itself was that size, controls would just become all the more intrusive.

Portrait text input. A wide screen means a taller portrait view, which means that much more content remains visible while you type. Though this also means landscape keyboards take up that much MORE space, it might be worth it to find out which orientation people are more likely to use for on-screen typing.

Stetson said,
What about 4.0 for existing Galaxy tablets?

Obviously not the original Samsung Galaxy Tab which never made it past 2.3. The rest of them can probably wait another months before anything rolls out. The joy of using Android.