The Samsung company has just unveiled one of its flagship devices . It is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 , a new tablet that becomes part of the new universe of tablets and smartphones that the South Korean will have on the market from this year 2012 . This is, as you can see, a new tablet that respects the measures of his predecessor, in spite of previously already been released a model characteristics almost identical, but equipped with a seven - inch screen. Indeed, we are talking about another Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that will delight those who want to get a practical and handy device, useful fortake it anywhere and hold it with one hand . The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 changes a bit, since the screen recovers the dimensions of its predecessor, presenting itself to an audience much more focused on the multimedia part.
We say this because thanks to this generously sized screen, users will have the opportunity to enjoy the playback of videos and movies, without having to suffer from the dimensions of the image, for example. In turn, the device is positioned as the most interesting alternative to the iPad 3 that will come in the not too distant future. The advantages, without a doubt, go through having incorporated Samsung's high technology - both on the screen and in the internal processor - which makes this tablet one of the best of the current catalogs. Today we are going to analyze and thoroughly examine each of its features with photos and opinions that will help you select yournext tablet with success .
Design and display
It is clear that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 respects the design line of previous devices, framed within the Galaxy family or range . In this sense, you will find a tablet that does not clash with other devices, maintaining an elegant and distinguished appearance, finished off with metallic finishes on the external casing. You see compliant measures of 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm and weighing about kilo medium , namely 588 grams. It is clear that in this sense, we are faced with a particularly extensive and heavy terminal, so that we would never indicate it for those users who want to make a more daily use ,taking it everywhere or even holding it with one hand. It is clear that the 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is designed for an audience that wants to calmly enjoy multimedia content through a large screen, in addition to using it for professional purposes. The choice depends, in any case, on the needs and preferences of each user . If you need a large screen, this is definitely a good proposal.
On the screen, we can say the tablet incorporates a 10.1-inch capacitive TFT multi-touch panel . It also boasts a resolution of 1,080 x 800 pixels and a depth of 16 million colors, something that on the other hand, has been the most common in these cases. If you don't want your device to have such a large screen , the solution is to choose a device with practically the same characteristics, but with a smaller screen. We refer to the seven-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 , much simpler and lighter to take anywhere and enjoy more everyday use.
At the moment, we have seen that there is a black-gray version , but it would not be surprising if Samsung soon presented a new white edition , as it has done with the latest devices in the Galaxy collection .
It is clear that a device of these characteristics could not fail in terms of connectivity. Samsung has equipped it with an HSPA + 21 Mbps connection , operating on the 850/900/1900/2100 frequencies . In this way, users will have the opportunity to connect to 3G networks , or broadband Internet, enjoying a much more effective and agile connection when downloading content, uploading images to your favorite social networks ( Facebook , Twitter ...) or navigate between web pages. The tablet also supports 802.11 b / g / n Wi-Fi networks , so there is the possibility to take advantage of any available wireless network. This option isideal for connecting to the Wi-Fi network of the hotel, restaurant or any other establishment or public building. This allows us to save on our data connection contracted with our operator, taking advantage of this type of network to download heavier applications or to update the operating system of the tablet.
It also has Wi-Fi Direct (a useful system to transfer content from one device to another), with Bluetooth 3.0 and with GPS . This last option, which also incorporates A-GPS support , will be great for us to use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 as if it were a real dedicated GPS navigator , thanks in part to the direct connection with Google Maps and Navigation .
In the section on physical connections, the user must take into account that a 3.5 mm headphone output is available , useful for listening to music without disturbing anyone. If you insist, you can also connect some speakers - even if they are small - and enjoy your favorite songs on the terrace or in any intimate place outdoors, for example. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 also incorporates a microSD card slot that will allow us to expand the memory of the device, as well as a microUSB 2.0 input to connect it to the computer and synchronize content, download updates or charge the battery. In the multimedia section, we will make special mention of all the connections available through the device software to enjoy many additional functions and multimedia content, mainly.
Photographic and multimedia camera
Judging by the official data sheet that Samsung has just presented , the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is not a piece that stands out for the photographic system it incorporates. In this sense, and like its seven-inch companion , Samsung has equipped this device with a sensor of just three megapixels, which will not allow us to obtain high-quality snapshots. A real shame. We know that there is the possibility of recording video, although as you can imagine it will be in quite low quality. You should know, on the other hand, that the device incorporates a second front camerathat you will see in the images and that it will help you, basically, to make video calls through the systems you already know to make Voice over IP (VoIP) calls such as Skype , to cite a hackneyed example.
And now we go for the multimedia section. And is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is perfectly suitable for large format playback, partly thanks to its 10.1-inch screen . For now, we can tell you that the device is compatible with the following audio, image and video file formats : MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, OGG, MPEG4, H.264, H .263, 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM . Thus, we should mention the possibility of playing videos Full HD @ 30fps and 30fps @ HD , allowing you to enjoy your favorite home videos, music and even movies you can lose via streaming, for example. You can play songs through theMusic Player with SoundAlive .
In any case, you should know that Samsung also offers you the possibility to access multiple multimedia options through the Samsung Hub (Readers Hub / Music Hub / Game Hub / Video Hub), enjoy direct access thanks to the Samsung Hub Widget (Music Hub / Game Hub / Video Hub) and connect to Samsung Apps , a space where you will find multiple interesting applications to improve the playback or editing of content .
Memory and operating system
Samsung will present two models with two different capacities: 16 and 32 GB . In this way, you can enjoy good content storage (photo albums, entire discs and even videos) or even expand it through microSD cards . As usual in these cases, you can include cards of up to 32 GB , the sea of useful to allow the installation of more applications, and of course, to store more extra content and take it with you everywhere. You should also know that the device incorporates 1 GB of RAM memory that is complemented by the allocated processor and operating system.
We are talking about the second tablet that will incorporate Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich , the latest and long-awaited version of Google's operating system , compatible with smartphones and tablets . In this sense, you should know that the device works, logically, with a 1 GHz dual-core processor. Samsung thus departs from the possibility of four cores, possibly interesting for a future terminal such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 , on all bearing in mind that firms like LG or Panasonic have already launched into the pool.
As an Android user, you will have direct access to the Android Market , the application store for Android that already has more than 400,000 free and paid programs . In addition, you also have a direct connection to Google services (all free) to expand, improve and complete the functions of the tablet: Gmail , YouTube , Google Maps , synchronization with Google Calendar , Google Search and Google+ .
Autonomy and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has not significantly increased the battery of its predecessor, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. For now we can say that the device has a lithium-ion battery with a significant capacity of 7,000 milliamps, which contrasts with the 6,850 milliamps of the old tablet . At this point, Samsung has not made any indications about the autonomy, so it will be necessary to wait a bit to know the first balances and what is more important, the opinion of the users. In fact, this is one of the main guarantees to get closer to the real performance of a product like this. It is expected that theSamsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 can run for six or seven hours in video playback mode .
On availability there is still no precise data that can guide us on a specific date. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be shown at Mobile World Congress 2012 , so the device is expected to go on sale next spring. We will be attentive, in any case, to offer you precise data on the launch date in Spain , prices and availability with the main operators in our country, especially for those clients who are interested in getting it subsidized.
|Standard||HSPA + 21 Mbps 850/900/1900/2100|
|Weight and measurements||256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm|
Expandable with microSD memory cards (up to 32 GB)
1 GB RAM
10 inches (1,080 x 800 pixels)
16 million colors
|Camera||3 megapixel main sensor|
Secondary sensor for VGA video calls
|Multimedia||Play music, video and photos|
Supported formats: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8, 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM, MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR , FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, Vorbis
Video Playback FullHD @ 30fps and HD @ 30fps
Access to Samsung services: Samsung TouchWiz / Live Panel, Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub (Readers / Music / Game / Video), Samsung Hub Widget (Music / Game / Video), Samsung S Suggest (app recommender), Samsung ChatON, Samsung AllShare Play, Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies Air
3.5mm headphone output
|Controls and connections||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
1 GHz dual-core processor
3G: HSDPA 21 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
GPS and A-GPS