Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 2, Internet Groans
In the interests of full disclosure, let me just put this out there: I’m an iPad owner. But with that said, I’ll stipulate: I’m a disappointed iPad owner. Since getting my iPad last year, I’ve been disappointed enough in what it can do that I’ve kept my eyes on some of the competition, hoping for something to come along and woo me away. So far nothing has, if only for the fact that Android, for all its wonderful features, lacks the fit and finish that I expect in an expensive device. That fact is changing with Android 4.0, the deliciously named “Ice Cream Sandwich” release, and I’d hoped that some new hardware packing native support for the OS would be similarly impressive. Unfortunately, a first look at the released specs for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 don’t aren’t very promising.
Tonight, Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Tab 2, in two flavors: 7 inch and 10.2 inch. The trouble is, I’m having some trouble seeing the point. We’re still looking at a dual core CPU (I’d hoped for quad-core Tegra 3 at this stage)m 1GB of RAM, and 16/32GB of storage. The earlier model used an nVidia Tegra 2 CPU, but Samsung’s press release isn’t clear which flavor of dual core CPU it’s using. What is clear, though, is that the front camera has dropped from a 2Mp unit to a VGA unit, labeled for “video conferencing.” Suffice to say, any drop in specs is necessarily a disappointment.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, and that’s probably the saving grace of the evening. Perhaps we’ll soon find out that the new, marginally (if at all) upgraded Galaxy Tab 2 has a ridiculously low price; only time will tell.