The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) is a modest upgrade over last year’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, but there are three significant changes.
First, the new model ships with Android 4.0. Second, it has a microSD card slot. Third, and most importantly, it has a starting price that’s $100 lower than that for Samsung’s first 10 inch tablet.
When the Tab 10.1 first launched in 2011 Samsung charged an iPad-like $499 for the base model. Now the company is charging the same price for its new tablet as Apple does for its year-old iPad 2.
This isn’t necessarily meant to be a high-end tablet. Samsung has the Galaxy Note 10.1 for folks that want premium features including a faster processor and digital pen.
Instead, you can think of the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) as a larger version of the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). It just has a larger, higher resolution display and a $400 price tag instead of $250… which might be enough to turn off some potential customers if they’re uncertain that a larger screen is worth $150.
The new 10 inch tablet has a 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. A 32GB model is also on the way.
The tablet has a 3MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front-facing camera. It supports 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs 1.3 pounds.