Ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress, Samsung has announced today another Android tablet which is said to be the company's first in the line-up of its 2012 tablets. The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) runs on Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung flavor of its own TouchWiz user interface enhancement. Available in 3G and WiFi, the 3G version is said to support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDE as well as UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and USB 2.0 Host. Both versions of the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) are powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU and will sport a 7" WSVGA PLS TFT touchscreen with 1024 x 600 pixel.
The upgraded Android Market enables access to more than 400,000 applications which can be enjoyed across phones or tablets. Furthermore, a more intuitive user interface includes the ability to swipe-control applications as well as a wholly redesigned app gallery for easier sharing of content. The new OS's vastly faster performance and response times across multiple applications is further enhanced by HSPA＋ 21Mbps or WiFi connectivity.
Additionally, Android 4.0 includes a selection of embedded Google applications that enables users to quickly launch sites and applications that they use frequently; meanwhile, the innovative Face Unlock feature unlocks the tablet through unique facial recognition software.
Complementing the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)'s multimedia offering is Samsung's upgraded Touchwiz user interface that features Hub widgets for one-step access to users' content in Hubs; the device also presents S Suggest, a new service offering recommendations of apps suited to users' tastes directly on a home screen.
The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)'s superb multimedia experience is further boosted by Samsung's AllShare Play, a new content-sharing service available for the first time on any Samsung mobile device. AllShare Play allows users to play or live-stream their multimedia content on their Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) from PCs, other Samsung smart devices as well as third-party web storages. Users can also easily transfer content to other devices or directly to web services.
Connecting socially has never been easier with Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)'s built-in powerful communication capabilities. With the voice call capability, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) can be used just as easily as a phone, affording users the handy convenience of a second device in case they misplace their primary phone. It also lets users to spontaneously arrange multi-party video calls via Google＋ hangouts, as well as engage in group chats or micro-communities to collectively chat or share content. In addition, ChatON, Samsung's cross-platform communication service, connects all phone users of any platform into a single community. ChatON uses phone numbers instead of ID and passwords, and provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in various formats - images, video, voice, contacts - to make messaging simple and intuitive.
Starting in the UK, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will be launched in global markets from March. A price wasn't announced today.
Cheers ~ Arne