Samsung’s new tablet Samsung Galaxy tab 2 (7.0) to compete with iPad mini
Samsung and Apple’s love-hate relationship is forever brewing competition and rivalry. With both companies at each other’s throats in court over patent infringements, it is still interesting to note that they work on presenting similar devices to the public with one company trying hard to out-do the other with a few extra features.
Samsung Galaxy tab 2 (7.0) Technical Specifications
This time, Samsung is in hot competitive pursuit of Apple’s iPad mini and has announced a seven inch tablet that will be up against the iPad mini which is 7.9 inches. The device which is called the Samsung Galaxy tab 2 (7.0) is based on the Android 4.1 jelly bean operating system. It has a screen resolution of 1024×600 with a pixel density of 170 pixels per inch. It is equipped with Super PLS LCD technology making the screen one of its strong selling points as the images and texts look crisp and clear.
It is a multi-touch screen device and is equipped with a 1GHz dual core processor and 1024MB RAM. Compared to the iPad mini’s 512MB Ram, Samsung seems to be winning here. It also has 32 GB internal memory and has a micro SD slot for memory expansion.
The Samsung Galaxy tab 2 (7.0) is equipped with a rear 3.0 megapixel camera and a front-facing 0.3 megapixel camera. This is where the iPad mini wins one over the Samsung Galaxy tab 2 with its rear 5 megapixel camera and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The Samsung mini tablet has camera features that include smile detection, exposure compensation, geo-tagging as well as Panorama effects.
Detailed Technical Specifications
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
7” WSVGA (1024×600) PLS TFT
(Ice Cream Sandwich)
Main (Rear) : 3 Megapixel Camera
Sub (Front) : VGA for Video Call
Codec : MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8
Format : 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV,
Playback / Recording : Full HD@30fps, HD@30fps
Codec : MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, OGG
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack
Value-added Features & Services
Samsung TouchWiz /
Samsung L!ve Panel
Readers Hub / Music Hub / Game Hub /
Samsung Hub Widget*
Music Hub / Game Hub / Video Hub
Samsung S Suggest*
App recommendation service
Samsung ChatON mobile communication
Samsung All Share Play*
Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies air
Google™ Mobile Services
Android™ Market, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™, Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google Search, Google+
Polaris document editor
Bluetooth technology v 3.0
USB 2.0 Host
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light
8 / 16 / 32GB User memory + 1GB (RAM)
microSD (up to 32GB)
Size : 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm
Weight : 345g
Standard battery, Li-ion 4,000 mAh
The price of the device is just as attractive at $249, even cheaper than Apple’s iPad mini. There is no doubt that Apple and Samsung will still be at each other’s throats for a while.
The two companies are tied in an intense patent battle that has no end in sight at the moment. Recently, Judge Koh, the Judge presiding over the infringement case announced that the trial date which was initially set for March 2014 will have to be postponed in order for the court to first deal with the appeals involving the two companies.
Samsung Galaxy tab 2 (7.0) Features
Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) packs multimedia, communication and top Internet functionality in one highly portable personal tablet device. Features include numerous multimedia-oriented Samsung hubs and applications and voice call, video group chat. Powered by latest Android OS and connected to various networks for seamless performance and great all-round usability.
Video Hub* is your personal video store concierge — 1,000+ titles and counting — with virtually no wait time during progressive downloads so that you can enjoy video contents right away. Forget lugging around stacks of books, Readers Hub lets you delve into the intimate pleasures of digital reading, a wealth of e-books on your own personal screen. For your best convenience and satisfaction, Music Hub provides a full music store loaded with your favorite tunes. Game Hub, your go to source for premium and multi player games, lets you jump into action any time, wherever you are.
You can immediately check out top e-books, latest hit songs, premium games and recent video releases. Home screen layout maximizes your experience of Samsung Hub services by providing direct access to apps you use all the time.
S Suggest* compiles a rotating selection of highly rated apps personalized according to what you like and use. Linked to Android Market & Samsung Apps, this unique apps recommendation service suggests all the hot new apps that you shouldn’t be missing out on.
For you, AllShare Play* melds digital content from different networked devices into one seamless flow it’s almost like having one device. You have the freedom to download photos or movies to store, then push to watch later on your Samsung TV, large on the full screen. AllShare Play also acts as a gateway to web storage services where you can conveniently and securely upload and backup your data for safekeeping or sharing.
Android™ 4.0 platform
With Android’s latest OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, you can enjoy the most ramped up, up to the minute features and multitudes of apps supported by new the ICS technology. Enhanced performance, including better web browsing, faster response and screen transitions, provides utmost usability.
Fun & Easy Communication
ChatON connects your friends and acquaintances across devices and platforms in a more expressive, dynamic way with unique features like Group Chat, Multimedia Transmission, Buddy Interaction and more. Engage in spur of the moment, group video sessions with Google+ Hangouts, as easily as bumping into somebody on the street.
The convenience of voice calling from GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) is yours at all times, great back-up should you ever forget your phone and need to make or receive a call. Embedded receiver ensures good quality sound or go with wireless BT earpiece.
GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) is supported by powerful 1.0 GHz dual core processor that achieves top performance and maximum usage across various demanding applications, keeping pace with your dynamic lifestyle.
Slim & Light
Sized perfectly for compact usability of a tablet device, it is slim (10.5mm) and light (345g) enough to carry with you day and night.
Since the big verdict in Apple’s favour, there has been no injunction against Samsung’s products that are supposedly infringing on Apple’s patents. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 are still out on sale and Apple is definitely pissed about that. A sales ban would have suited Apple just fine but even the one billion dollar fine that was granted to Apple has not been paid as there hasn’t been a final ruling on it yet.
We are sure this mini tablet by Samsung will be added to the list of devices infringing on Apple’s patents. Clearly, both companies cannot help but love each other’s ideas and hate each other’s inventions. It is love and hate at the same time and we can’t wait to see which companies emerges as the top dog in all of this.