Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 2 running Android 4.0

Samsung today announced a follow-up to the original 7″ Galaxy Tab and they are calling it the Galaxy Tab 2, no surprise there.  What does make this very important news is what will be under the hood of the Tab 2.  Android 4.0 makes it’s Galaxy Tab debut and it is going to be available in both 3G and WiFi varieties.  The Tab will still be running a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 1024 x 600 LCD display.  You got a three-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA shooter up front, Bluetooth, and HSPA+ connectivity.  Plus plenty of other surprises in store.

Here are some excerpts from the official press release. Here they talk about some of features that will be included in the new Galaxy Tab 2.

 

Samsung’s first Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)-powered tablet offers a variety of new and improved Android OS features. An 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. 

Here Samsung is talking about some multimedia capabilities that are very new and unique to this Tab.

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. 

So it seems as if they are trying to make a Samsung rich universe by allowing you to access content between all your Samsung devices with the AllShare Play feature.

For a complete run down of all the features of this phone including voice dialing in case you misplace your primary phone go to www.samsungmobilepress.com.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) Product Specifications

 

Network  HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
Processor  1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
Display  7” WSVGA(1024×600) PLS TFT
OS Android 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich)
Camera Main(Rear): 3 Megapixel Fixed Focus Camera

Sub(Front): VGA for Video Call

Video Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8

Format: 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM

Playback/ Recording: Full HD@30fps, HD@30fps

Audio Codec: MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, Vorbis

Music Player with SoundAlive

3.5mm Ear Jack

Value-added

Features &
Services

 Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
 Samsung Apps
 Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies air
Samsung Hub*

– Readers Hub/ Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub

Samsung Hub Widget*

– Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub

Samsung S Suggest* (App recommendation service)
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
AllShare Play*
GoogleTM Mobile Services

– Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Earth™, YouTube™, Google Maps™,

Syncing with Google Calendar™

 Polaris
 A-GPS, Glonass

(* Available on 3G version only)

Connectivity  Bluetooth® technology v 3.0

USB 2.0 Host

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct

Sensor  Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light

Proximity(* Available on 3G version only)

Memory  8/16/32GB User memory + 1GB (RAM)

microSD (up to 32GB)

Dimension  193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm, 344g
Battery  Standard battery, Li-ion 4,000mAh

Check out the full Press Release below for all the info

Samsung’s new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) offers optimal multimedia experiences in life

 

Samsung expands the GALAXY Tab range with GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) powered by the AndroidTM 4.0 and a 1GHz dual core processor

 

Prague, February 13, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today introduced its first line-up of tablets for 2012 with the launch of the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0), expanding the choice of tablets to customers. Light and portable, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) is the ideal personal on-the-go device, available in 3G and WiFi versions. Starting from UK, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will be launched in global market from March.

 

“Two years ago, Samsung GALAXY Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.”

 

Samsung’s first Android 4.0 Tablet

 

Samsung’s first Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)-powered tablet offers a variety of new and improved Android OS features. An 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.

 

A complete experience with enriched multimedia content

 

The GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) offers users easy multimedia access, playback and sharing experiences with Samsung Hub services. Samsung’s Music Hub provides a full music store solution with access to over 17 million tracks. Additionally, the Readers Hub provides the user with access to over 2.3 million e-books, 3,500 magazines and over 2,000 newspapers in 51 languages, while the Game Hub instantly connects users to the latest game titles. Samsung is also introducing the Video Hub, which offers over 1,000 film titles for purchase or rent, and provides reviews, trailers and recommendations for easier content selection using the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0).

 

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.

 

Better Communication Capabilities

 

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.

 

For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com.

Note to Editors:

 

Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) Product Specifications

 

Network

 HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100

Processor

 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor

Display

 7” WSVGA(1024×600) PLS TFT

OS

Android 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich)

Camera

Main(Rear): 3 Megapixel Fixed Focus Camera

Sub(Front): VGA for Video Call

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8

Format: 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM

Playback/ Recording: Full HD@30fps, HD@30fps

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, Vorbis

Music Player with SoundAlive

3.5mm Ear Jack

Value-added

Features &
Services

 Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
 Samsung Apps
 Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies air
Samsung Hub*

– Readers Hub/ Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub

Samsung Hub Widget*

– Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub

Samsung S Suggest* (App recommendation service)
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
AllShare Play*
GoogleTM Mobile Services

– Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Earth™, YouTube™, Google Maps™,

Syncing with Google Calendar™

 Polaris
 A-GPS, Glonass

(* Available on 3G version only)

Connectivity

 Bluetooth® technology v 3.0

USB 2.0 Host

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct

Sensor

 Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light

Proximity(* Available on 3G version only)

Memory

 8/16/32GB User memory + 1GB (RAM)

microSD (up to 32GB)

Dimension

 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm, 344g

Battery

 Standard battery, Li-ion 4,000mAh

* Availability and launching time of the services may differ by region.

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

 

 

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

Android, Google, Android Market, Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Google Talk, and Google Search are trademarks of Google Inc.

 

Article first published as Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 2 with Android 4.0 on Technorati.
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