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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) vs Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus: spot the difference

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) vs Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus: spot the difference
Announced just a couple of days back, the ever so weirdly named Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) was introduced as the successor to the first Samsung tablet - the Galaxy Tab from 2010. While we're all good with that, we can't help but ask a question here:

"Wasn't the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, released at the end of 2011, supposed to be the original Tab's successor?"

Well, we thought so, until Samsung came out the other day and announced what is basically the same device, but loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich... By now, you've probably already guessed what our major concern here is - could this possibly mean that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, a tablet released just a few months ago, may not get an update to Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich? Because, if it doesn't, this will instantly take Samsung's device support to a whole new lousy level.

The last thing we want to do is to start a panic here, and thankfully, the manufacturer has already announced that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is on the list of devices to get updated. However, the strange thing is that in case the Tab 7.0 Plus does indeed get an update to ICS, the new Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) won't make much sense. If we take a look at the specs of both devices side by side, which we'll do in a while, it immediately becomes clear that there's not a single substantial thing to separate these two... except for the OS version, of course.

Samsung is notoriously slow when it comes to issuing the updates for its devices, but we really hope that it hasn't shed its plans to update the 7.0 Plus altogether this time. Here's the promised specs comparison between the two 7" tabs, and the original Galaxy Tab, just to make things a bit more interesting...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) vs Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus: spot the difference

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Samsung
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Platform Android 4.0 Android 3.2 Android 2.3
Display 7.0”, 1024x600
7.0”, 1024x600
7.0, 1024x600
Thickness 0.41" (10.5mm) 0.39" (9.9mm) 0.47" (11.98mm)
Weight 12.13 oz (344 g) 12.17 oz (345 g) 13.40 oz (380 g)
Processor Dual-core, 1 GHz Dual-core, 1.2 GHz Single-core, 1 GHz
RAM 1 GB 1 GB 512 MB
Rear Camera 3MP,
720p HD video recording
720p video recording
720x480 video recording
Front Camera 0.3MP 2MP 1.3MP
Storage 32GB,
Connectivity HSPA+ HSPA+ HSPA
Battery 4000 mAh 4000 mAh 4000 mAh


So, not much of a difference up there, right? Okay, guys, let's see what you think - does the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) make any sense to you?

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