It only took Samsung a few days after the official launch of Galaxy Tab 2 to receive FCC (Federal Communications Commission) approval. Although the tablet is expected to arrive in the UK in March, it won’t come as a surprise if the Galaxy Tab 2 hits shelves in the United States around the same timeframe.
The folks over at Engadget, who spotted the slate at FCC, also noticed that the illustration of Galaxy Tab 2 strongly resembled the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. However, it appears that the model number has been replaced to show that this is in fact the Galaxy Tab 2, also known as GT-P3113.
It is also worth mentioning that the tablet has been approved along with a Broadcom radio with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 support. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will probably be announced by one of US-based major carriers within the next several weeks.
Those unfamiliar with the Galaxy Tab 2 should know that this is a cheaper version of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. However, this one comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but a slightly lower dual-core processor and front-facing camera.
The design of the slate has been changed to avoid any other Apple patent lawsuits, so expect this one to be a bit different from the rest of the Galaxy Tab devices now available on the market.
Hardware-wise, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1 GHz, unlike Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU.
The tablet sports a 7.0-inch PLS LCD capacitive touchscreen that supports 600 x 1024 pixels resolution, a 3-megapixel rear camera, as well as a secondary VGA camera.
Samsung will also offer an affordable 8GB Galaxy Tab 2, as well as two other models that will probably be slightly more expensive, a 16GB version and a 32GB model.