Today, Samsung literally rocked the Hexagon Lounge at the RCBC Plaza as it locally launched the affordable Galaxy Tab 2 tablets. In a rock musical style performance, Samsung introduced both the 7-inch and the 10.1 inch-Galaxy Tab 2. It was obvious where the Korean company is placing the devices as the musical centered on a guy trying to woo a girl with the help of his friends and the Galaxy Tab 2.
Now on to the devices themselves, starting with the most portable. The 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 comes in two models, a WiFi-only and 3G models. Both sport a 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor and a 16GB internal storage with microSD expandability. It uses a PLS LCD display which isn’t as good as an IPS but from out short hands on with it, it does fine indoors.
The 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 comes with 3G capability for on the go data connections. It also has the same dual-core processor as the 7-inch model. Like its smaller counterpart, the 10.1-inch model is similar in specs to the original Tab 10.1 except for the chipset–the original used Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chips while the Tab 2 uses TI OMAP. It also has 16GB of storage and a microSD slot. Another change is the placement of the speakers which now faces the user just like the Samsung Galaxy Players.
Another thing to note is that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with its 3G capability allows for phone calls as well. This was evidenced with the phone icon on the tablet.
All three models of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 come with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box.
If you compare each of the devices to their predecessors, there really isn’t that much of a difference in specs. With our brief hands on with both models, it is apparent that the performance is there. However, it seems that it is all about the cost. These models are much more affordable and an easier reach for their intended audience.
Samsung emphasized that all the Galaxy Tab 2 models won’t be priced higher than PHP25,000. True enough, the most expensive, the 10.1 version comes in at PhP21,999. The next expensive is the 3G model of the 7-inch model which stands at PhP16,990 while the most affordable of the bunch, the WiFi-only, 7-inch model is just PhP12,990. At that price, it is the lowest price that we have seen a decently performing tablet go for.