updated 07:50 pm EDT, Wed April 11, 2012
Galaxy Tab 2 to compete mainly on price
Samsung late Wednesday detailed the US launch plans for a trio of its main Android tablet devices for the year. The Galaxy Tab 2 line will come to the US in both 7.0- and 10.1-inch forms with their dual-core 1GHz processors, Android 4.0, three-megapixel rear camera and VGA front cameras intact. The two are considered lower-cost versions of original Galaxy Tab ancestors but do have unique support for infrared remote control using Peel's Smart Remote app.
The smaller Tab 2 7.0 arrives first, and will be the least expensive of the group: at $250 for an 8GB version, the device stands to both offer a clear difference with rival iPads and outperform both the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. Pre-orders start April 12 and will see it in retail and online stores on April 22, including Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, HHGregg, Office Depot, and Walmart.
The 10.1 model will only cost slightly less for its sacrifices versus the original Tab 10.1 and will cost $450 for a 16GB model. Pre-orders start May 4 with the same retailers shipping it on May 13.
Samsung's latest Android MP3 player, the Galaxy Player 4.2, will also make an appearance on May 13. The design will be identical to the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2 we tried in Barcelona and has just a 1GHz single-core processor, 8GB of space, a two-megapixel rear camera, and a VGA front camera. FM radio and GPS give it live music and mapping features without needing a cellular connection.
The Android 2.3 jukebox should stay price-competitive with the iPod touch it's targeted against, costing $200, although it has a lower-resolution 480x800 display and depends on a microSDHC slot for more than the base storage. A smaller Galaxy Player 3.6 (Galaxy S Wi-Fi 3.6) has similar features apart from the screen and is on sale now for $150.