Samsung shows off Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 – Ice Cream Sandwich and not much else

February 25, 2012

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Samsung's first volley of Mobile World Congress press includes and update to their Galaxy Tab flagship, given the rather uninspired moniker Galaxy Tab 2. It'll be one of the first Sammy tablets to run the Ice Cream Sandwich-TouchWiz combination in when it hits world markets in March, but beyond that, it isn't much changed from the model we've come to know over the last eight months. From a design perspective, the front-facing speakers and branding mimic Germany's Galaxy Tab 10.1N - no doubt to throw off the scent for Apple's legal bulldogs.

Inside you get a 1Ghz dual-core processor of indeterminate make, 1GB of RAM and 16-32GB of storage space. The screen is the same 1280x800 LCD that the current model uses. The tablet's skinny dimensions are kept intact, with a profile of just 9.7mm. It looks like Samsung has integrated come negative feedback from the original and included a MicroSD card slot, though it's empty out of the box. Cameras are limited to 3MP on the back and VGA on the front. The company is pushing the HSPA+ model, but WiFi only and other variants will certainly be making their way onto shelves at some point.

This decidedly isn't the 11.6-inch model we were expecting to see, nor is it the Galaxy Note 10.1 we've seen hints of. It looks like Samsung is refreshing its line of standard tablets (starting with the Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch we saw last week) so expect to see 8.9 and 7.7 varieties in a few weeks or months. This is the first of many unveils for Mobile World Congress, so make sure to check our MWC 2012 portal for more press and hands-on looks at new hardware.

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  • lsh99

    This does NOT look good for getting my Galaxy Tab 10.1 updated to ICS…

    • JDM4U

      Why not? It’s basically the same tablet, they’ll just have to port it over for the wifi versions. 

      • CodeDisQus

        Because Samsung will make some BS excuse about not being able to do it, just so people will bu the Tab 2….

      • Jlobel2

        If they do not upgrade current 10.1 tab will change to ipad2 :S

      • CodeDisQus

        hahahaha gimme a transformer prime x (the next transformer) with win8 and I will look like this -> 😀

    • Paul

      Samsung has already committed to ICS updates for the current 8.9 and 10.1 Tabs in March

      • Hector_no4


      • aecl755

        its the end of may…

  • jagox5

     I Can’t believe Samsung called this Galaxy Tab 2? wtf?! its pretty much the same! very poor job Samsung.

  • These are the exact same specs my tab has now! In fact, mine is thinner! WTF samsung? You slap a micro sd slot into it and call it a new model?! Are you fu$#%ng high?You couldnt even upgrade the cameras so they have a chance of competing with a smartphone? Couldn’t add some ram, tweak the processor, bump the resolution? Nothing? They’re just pissing on our heads without even the courtesy of calling it rain! Samsung: what a joke!

    • Charlie Beer

       Your unoriginally bad language is indicative of your low processor speed and lack of RAM.  Incidentally, a joke is supposed to be funny.

      • Caroline Fairfax

        Hi Charlie, I agree. No doubt, Eric is frustrated, for many reasons I totally share, and yes I’m disappointed with Samsung, but reading his mail full of nasty language is so unpleasant.

    • oh charlie and caroline, get off your high horses. He can say whatever he pleases. If you can’t take a little language, don’t visit forums, because you’re never going to be able to avoid it. Stop being so pretentious!  😛

  • Ahmed Sami

    This one sucks!? I was waiting for the Galaxy Tab 2 and now this what they come out with :S

  • gutenm

    ….. should be called galaxy tab 10.10001

  • Ahmed Sami

    There is no LED Flash?

  • WTF?? Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 ..What a fail for this release, eh?… this is not a upgrade.. the camera on this Galaxy tab 2 10.1  is now VGA, they drop the LED flash too…yuchhon the first version that I have now it is a 2 MP camera… Would rather keep mine and use the external hub I bought  for the storage …so a  trade for crappier front camera,  different position for speakers  and microsd slot on the tab 2 10.1 versus what I have now…all for the sake of ICS upgrade…hmm is this still a Tegra 2 chip or they drop that too??? 

    • Jon

      You have allshare with streaming capabilities. What takes up space on your tab?

      • Uirshad8

        Were the the hell is my update for 4.0? it’s april 2012 and who ever is reading this send it to samsung.i have the galaxy tab 10.1

  • They should called this the Galaxy “Poo” ..not the 2..this is such a letdown and downgrade…

  • Chansebatchelor

    Seriously???? Some people just like to complain! If they had upgraded every aspect of this tablet, then everyone would be moaning about how they just bought the first model at full price and now a newer and better model is released.

    Some people are never satisfied!!!!!

  • Tinman

    other than the specs staying the same or  being downgraded, the only selling feature is micro sd and ICS OS?? whatever happened to honeycomb being a tablet only OS that makes a customer feel good. now you run the same OS as your buddys galaxy note? lol….i have the tab 10.1 when the f are they going to release ICS on it?? now we know its compatible and can run smoothly on the tab 1 based on specs staying virtually the same.

  • Jon

    I just bought a tab 8.9. I am patiently waiting for the ICS update. It would be nice if Samsung would release the update soon! Version 3.X is nice and all but I want current os software.

  • Mike Bongiovanni

    WHO CARES!  Samsung can go to Hellz for all I care anymore. Galaxy 10.1 tablet wi-fi to ICS…. Sure! Whatever… You said that 6 months ago… S-c-r-e-w Y-O-U!!! This company is the worst ever! The darn update has been ready, approved, tested and set forever! and they have NO REASON WHATSOEVER why they haven’t released it yet… I posted on Samsung FB and TWITTER and got the following response “Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience. We will let you know the moment it is released and ready.”