Although Samsung already announced the Galaxy Tab 2 series of tablets back in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the South Korean company did not unveil any details regarding pricing and availability.
The latest hearsay pointed to a possible late March launch in the UK, but rumor had it that Samsung was forced to postpone the launch of the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and (10.1) due to some Android 4.0 optimization problems.
Today, Samsung came forward with an official statement that unveils the tablets’ price tags and availability dates.
As expected, the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
is priced a bit higher than its smaller version as customers will be able to purchase it for $399.99 (305 EUR) starting May 13.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is expected to hit shelves much earlier on April 22 for a suggested retail price of $249.99 (190 EUR).
It is also worth mentioning that the new Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is now up on pre-order from a variety of retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct and others.
Obviously, the slates are powered by the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system integrated with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX user interface.
Each Galaxy Tab 2 tablet is equipped with a dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor clocked at 1 GHz. In addition, they pack PowerVR SGX540 GPUs, 1GB of RAM, 3-megapixel rear cameras, VGA front-facing cameras for video calls and GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS.
Customers will be able to choose from three Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) models: 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. Samsung will only launch two Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
versions, a 16GB model and a 32GB variant.
Software-wise, both tablets are Google certified so expect them to come packed with the full suite of apps and services, including Maps, Gtalk, YouTube and other. Moreover, customers are provided with access to more than 450,000 apps and games via Google Play store.