The Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-inch)
The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is a new addition to the Samsung’s Tab lineup. It will be powered by Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), however the pricing hasn’t been announced. The 7.0-inch model of Galaxy Tab 2 uses 1024 x 600 pixels resolution and it will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core processors, as well as 1GB of RAM. There will be three different internal storage options, 8, 16 and 32GB, while the external card slot can support up to 32GB of RAM. Other features are 3Mp of rear-facing camera, VGA (0.3Mp) front-facing camera, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, WiFi and 4000 mAh battery. The tablet is approximately the same size with current Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, with the exception of Android 4.0 and a host of other improvements. Another feature that might become a subject of scrutiny is the facial unlock technology. The tablet is slated to be integrated with Samsung’s own services such as Game Hub, Readers Hub, Video Hub and Music Hub, which allow users to get a wide range of licensed entertainment content.
A 10.1-inch version of the Tab 2 is likely to be released afterwards, although it is still uncertain whether the 8.9-inch version will also be released. The 8.9-inch version only received so-so reception from consumers, although it offers perfect balance between form factor and screen size.
Samsung’s mobile device lines have been fraught with numerous legal issues courtesy of the leader in mobile industry, Apple, who increasingly becomes a fierce opponent to the Korean phone maker. When Galaxy Player and Galaxy Tab 8.9 were unveiled in 2011, apple vigorously attacked Samsung for alleged patent infringement and the release of Galaxy Tab 2 may escalate the legal battle further.