Raise your hand if you’re uber excited for the Galaxy Tab 2, in either its 10.1-inch or 7-inch incarnations. Anyone? Well, if you’ve just been dying to get your hands on some warmed-over hardware, you’ll have to wait a little longer: Samsung said that the international release of both tablets has been delayed slightly. They’ll now appear at the end of this month, though specific dates and markets weren’t given. Try to contain your disappointment, Android fans.
Samsung says that both they and Google need the extra time to work on Ice Cream Sandwich for the upcoming tablets… which seems unlikely, since Android 4.0 has been available for nearly five months. What’s more likely is that Samsung’s software engineers need the time to get the latest version of TouchWiz working to their satisfaction. After all, both devices are running on current-generation hardware, and they’ve already released ICS updates for the Galaxy S II. How hard could it be?
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch and 7-inch versions have met with a resounding “meh” from Android enthusiasts. The 10.1-inch version gets a mild design refresh (probably to get Apple off of Samsung’s back) with specifications virtually identical to the year-old Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the addition of a MicroSD card slot. The Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch improves on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with up to 32GB of space plus a MicroSD card slot, but its 1024×600 LCD screen is bested by the Galaxy Tab 7.7’s 720p Super AMOLED display.
Both tablets have cleared the FCC, with the 10.1 spec’d for AT&T’s HSPA+ network. There’s been no formal announcement of availability for either in the US, but they should show up here eventually.