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Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) LTE

Announced
Aug 15, 2012
Market status
Released
Release date
Aug 17, 2012

US carrier availability

Discontinued: Verizon, Alltel

Pros

  • Dual core processor
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (170 ppi)
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Proprietary USB connector - have to use its cable instead of a standard microUSB

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Description

This is the LTE flavoured version of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) which is a worthy successor to the first brand name Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab. Screenwise we have a 7" 1024x600 pixels LCD display with Samsung's Plane-to-Line-Switching (PLS) technology, which allows for better power efficiency, yet from a brighter panel. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. A 3.2MP camera on the back takes care of the photo and video tasks, while a VGA front-facing cam will help you video chat. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 comes with 8GB of internal memory and a microSDXC memory slot for up-to 64GB of additional memory.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • Phone functionality:
    • Yes
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.1, 4.0) TouchWiz / L!ve Panel UX UI
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 7.63 x 4.82 x 0.41 inches (194 x 122 x 10 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 12.2 oz (346 g)
      the average is 15 oz (429 g)

DisplayPopup

  • Physical size:
    • 7.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 170 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • Super PLS LCD
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

  • Camera:
      • Popup3.2 megapixels
    • Features:
      • PopupSmile detection, Exposure compensation, Geo tagging, Panorama, Scenes, Effects
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 0.3 megapixels VGA

Hardwarebenchmark

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 225
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2
  • Built-in storage:
    • 8 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB

Battery

  • Stand-by time:
    • 8.0 days (192 hours)
      the average is 32 days (763 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 4000 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

MultimediaPopup

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, OGG, MIDI
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, XviD, WMV, AVI, 3GP, Flash Video
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Stereo speakers
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5, Flash
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Technology

  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 700 (band 13) MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE, EV-DO Rev.A
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • PopupCalendar, Alarm, Document viewer, Calculator
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Hangouts / Google Talk, ChatON

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
    • Profiles:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol (AVCTP), Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Human Interface Device (HID), Object Push (OPP), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN), Serial Port (SPP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
    • Wi-Fi Direct:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • Proprietary
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Charging connector:
    • Proprietary
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
    • Voice commands, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Body:
      • 1.39 W/kg

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 15 Aug 2012
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