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Samsung reveals Galaxy Tab 2

The return of the 7-inch form factor tablet brings with it an Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung has just announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), the start of a new generation of one of the most popular Android tablet brands. Boasting improved technical specs and a trimmer design, the new 7-inch tablet will also be the first Ice Cream Sandwich powered Samsung tablet.

The specs provided by Samsung have their ups and downs – while it’s very reasonably powered by a 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor using 1 GB of RAM, it’s 7-inch screen only handles a resolution of 1024×600. To put that into perspective, the recently released Galaxy Nexus was 1280×720 on a 4.65 inch screen.

The screen will also use the new PLS technology, developed to be an IPS competitor, a departure from the usual OLED displays deployed by Samsung. It’s also remarkably light, weighing in at 344g, well into the sub-1 lb sweet spot many Kindle users swear by.

The original Galaxy Tab shipped with Android 2.2 FroYo to mixed reception – although generally the 7-inch form factor was positively received. With a version of Android more suited to tablet use, the new Tab 2 could well be a decent device when it launches in March. As long as it’s priced accordingly.