Samsung has expanded its Android tablet line-up by unveiling the Galaxy Tab 2, a 7in device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the firm continues to challenge Apple's iPad for dominance in the tablet market.
Announced on Monday, the Galaxy Tab 2 is the first addition to Samsung's tablet portfolio for 2012, but the firm has not confirmed a date when it is expected to ship, or how much it may cost.
A Samsung spokesperson told V3 these details will be confirmed at a later date.
When available, the Galaxy Tab 2 will be Samsung's first device to run Android 4.0 ICS adds features such as a Video Hub and an online content-sharing service.
It will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB memory, have up to 32GB of Flash and a microSD slot allowing for up to 32GB of additional storage.
The 344g Galaxy Tab 2 also has a 7in touch-screen with a resolution of 1024x600, and can support HSPA+ network connectivity of up to 21Mbit/s, plus 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The device also includes Samsung's Music, Reader and Games hubs and is joined by its Video Hub, which offers over 1,000 film titles for purchase or rent, Samsung said.
Debuting on the Galaxy Tab 2 is AllShare Play, a new service that lets users share content between their PC and any Samsung smart devices they own.
It enables users to play or live-stream multimedia content held on these other devices as well as third-party web storage.
Samsung's Allshare service was demonstrated to V3 at the CES show in Las Vegas in January.
The Touchwiz user interface also now carries Hub widgets, providing one-step access to selected content, while a new feature called S Suggest offers real-time recommendations of apps directly on the home screen.
Samsung's current tablet line-up consists of 7in, 8.9in and 10.1in models, which means that this Galaxy Tab 2 is likely to be joined in future by similar sibling models with larger screens.
"We have worked to enhance and extend our tablet offering since the launch of the original Galaxy Tab 18 months ago, to offer our customers a portfolio of devices of varying sizes relative to their different needs," added Simon Stanford from Samsung's UK telecommunications and networks division.
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