Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Preview

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...


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 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.

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.

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 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.


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” 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.



12. samboycott

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 19, 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

11. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

6. Shantanu18495

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

can we call using this tab?

5. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

7. cgyspy

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

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

4. 2pe_2pe

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

3. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

wait for tab 11.6 ;)

2. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 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?

1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

boo.. Crapsung..

8. Knicknevin

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

10. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 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!!
Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
  • Display 10.1 inches
    800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware , 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 7000 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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