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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview
Introduction:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) was announced without much fanfare at the MWC expo last month, and we even had a jolly hands-on time with it, as well as with its smaller sibling, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). It is coming as a slightly downgraded 10-incher from Samsung, for the sake of affordability, and we have a preview unit to check out in the office.

Did the allegedly lower price tag than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 made Samsung's new tablet compromise with its hardware and design features? Read on our quick preview of the non-final unit to know roughly what to expect when it launches...


Design:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) comes at 0.38” (9.7mm) - a wee bit thicker than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but not by much and is still a very slim and easy to hold tablet. “Affordable” is not associated with premium materials as a principle, and the Tab 2 does indeed sport an all-plastic construction, which is, however, pretty sturdy in our prototype – no creases or squeaking sounds.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) sports an all-plastic construction - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) sports an all-plastic construction - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) sports an all-plastic construction - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) sports an all-plastic construction


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview

The dark gray back cover doesn't flex, and the tablet is surrounded by a faux-metal rim in a darker gray. The rounded corners and a small circle in the middle of the upper back for the 3MP camera without a flash complete a very typical Samsung slate design heritage. The tablet also hasa VGA camera in the front for video chat.

Back - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview
Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview
Front-facing camera - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview

Back

Rear camera

Front-facing camera


The tablet is actually pretty light with 20.74oz (588g) of weight, ergonomic to hold, and the stereo speakers on both sides of the screen are brought higher, so you don't cover them with your thumbs while working with the tablet.

Speaker on the side - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview

Speaker on the side


The power/lock button and the volume rocker at the top are easy to find and press, with good tactile feedback, and the top also hosts the protected microSD and SIM card slots, as well as the audio jack.

The top edge of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview
The top edge of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview
The top edge of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview

The top edge of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)


The only other opening is the proprietary 30-pin connector at the bottom for syncing and charging, which is the same as on Samsung's other tablets.

30-pin connector at the bottom - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview
30-pin connector at the bottom - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview

30-pin connector at the bottom



Display:

Samsung's own PLS-LCD technology is present on the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) meaning brighter displays with better color gamut, which are on top of that cheaper to produce than the pesky IPS-LCDs. PLS-LCD also means very good viewing angles and indeed, the contrast and colors didn't degrade even beyond 170 degrees by much. The screen is with rich colors and decent outdoor visibility.

The 10.1” PLS-LCD screen - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview

The 10.1” PLS-LCD screen


The 10.1” screen on this slate sports 1280x800 pixels of resolution, which was the norm on 10-inchers before the Full HD displays hit this year. The 149ppi pixel density means you will see some pixelation here and there, but if you are not spoiled by a high-res tablet display yet, you'd likely be nonplussed here.

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posted on 21 Mar 2012, 10:26 2

1. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


boo.. Crapsung..

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 14:36 2

8. Knicknevin (Posts: 135; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


so what exactly was the upgrade here from the original 10.1? I have the 10.1 and this seems to be nearly the exact same tablet, maybe a slight upg in processor....

Wait, it has expandable storage...and a lower res front camera.

It seems like this tablet is going to provide just a larger margin for them than the original 10.1.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 16:10

10. matrix_neo (Posts: 307; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Wow 9 thumbs down samsung offering this tab to the masses so that they can afford to buy a tablet. At least samsung has a concern to customers that having a tablet should not be expensive. Why you spend your money to overpriced tablet which both of them can offer the same usefullness and performance.

Just wait also for samsung to release its hi spec tablet that apple for sure will sue it... again!!

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 10:29 1

2. imkyle (Posts: 948; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I'm pretty surprised Samsung didn't put a Full HD screen and an upgraded processor... TI is pretty good, but with Snapdragon S4's and Nvidia's quad core this year.. will this have a chance?

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 11:14 8

3. abdane (Posts: 472; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


wait for tab 11.6 ;)

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 11:48 3

4. 2pe_2pe (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


this is supposed to be an affordable version of Galaxy Tab 10.1, should have been given the name Galaxy Tab 10.1 lite rather than Tab 10.1 (2) in order to avoid misconceptions that this thing here is an upgrade which it's not.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:03 1

5. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Same old low res junk. Might as well buy a refurb Xoom and save a few hundred $$.

Android is becoming the ghetto of the tablet market.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:40

7. cgyspy (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)


And the Ipad is becoming the "Wall Street" of the tablet market.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:22

6. Shantanu18495 (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


can we call using this tab?

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 14:52 1

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


this isnt ment to be their flagship tablet of the year. They said they will show that off at their private event where they are also expected to show the SGS3. I wouldnt be surprised if this was meant to go after the asus transformer more than the ipad. its still an upgrade from the tegra2 sporting tablet as the OMAP is slightly more capable and the PowerVR GPU is much more capable, and who really uses those cameras anyways?

ya cant really say that the "new ipad" is a justified upgrade if this isnt.. its pretty much the same minor upgrades in the same areas other than the super high res screen.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 20:21 1

11. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


this is a crap. samsung release new product but there is no significant upgrade. same processor, same disp&resolution, same camera, all the same. the big bonus is u will get extra thicker body. new ipad only got 0.6mm thicker and at G tab 2 u will see 1.1mm thicker and I think samsung to charge u more expensive. I rather choose new ipad.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 06:23

12. samboycott (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


The tablets indutry ismoving to combine up with the smartphone industry and bring out something new. Like the windows phone qualifies for both, as a tablet and as a phone.
Google plans to move away from Samsung

Google is receiving millions of issues related to Samsung phones every day, so they have decided to move out of Samsung, then obviously they won’t support the android phones from Samsung anymore.
It is better to learn before time.
Windows is running the latest trends smartphones and also very popular.
Windows phones from Nokia are the rapid sold handsets all over the world. Nokia has launched the windows Lumia phones at various range for better availability to users.
Grab your Windows phone or smartphone now
http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/lumia/
http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/smartphones/
http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/dual-sim/

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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) Super PLS LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1000 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size10.10 x 6.90 x 0.38 inches
(256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm)
20.74 oz  (588 g)

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