Samsung launches new 7" tablet...Why?
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Samsung launches new 7″ tablet…Why?

Samsung kicked off 2012 at the Samsung Forum 2012 in Prague yesterday by launching a new 7″ Tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) will be Samsung’s third 7 incher. It is Samsung’s first tablet to feature Android v4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).  Samsung says:   Light and portable, the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) is the ideal personal on-the-go device, available in 3G and WiFi versions.

By itself the Tab 2 is an attractive device with the enhancements provided by ICS with a new TouchWiz interface. As well Samsung’s AllShare Play, a new content-sharing service available for the first time on any Samsung mobile device. AllShare Play allows users to play or live-stream their multimedia content on their GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) from PCs, other Samsung smart devices as well as third-party web storages. Users can also easily transfer content to other devices or directly to web services.

However, when compared to Samsung’s other current 7″ offering the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus it doesn’t look that great.. It is a little thicker, the same weight, same big 4000 mAh battery but with a processor that is 200MHz slower than the Plus’s 1.2 GHz. It is also expected to sell for about the same price as the Plus when it comes to North America in the Spring. So my question is: What is the point? Samsung could have just as easily upgraded the Plus to ICS.

What do you think?

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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