Samsung launched its first tablet, called Galaxy Tab in September 2010. It came with a 7 inch display. Next generation of this tablet was Tab 2, which arrived almost after 2 years in July 2012. However, between 2010 and 2012, Samsung had launched 5 different tablets in variable screen sizes and specifications. Below is a list of all of them:
Tab: Launched on September 2, 2010 with a display size of 10.1 inch, 1 GHz Processor with 512 MB RAM, Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system and 1024 x 600 pixel resolution
Tab 750 : Launched on August 10, 2011 with a display size of 10.1 inch, 1 GHz Dual Core Processor with 1 GB RAM, Android Honeycomb 3.1 operating system and 1280 x 800 resolution
Tab 730: Launched on August 10, 2011 with a display size of 8.9 inch, 1 GHz Dual Core Processor with 1 GB RAM, Android Honeycomb 3.1 operating system and 1280 x 800 resolution
Tab Plus : Launched in September, 2011 with a display size of 7 inch, 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor with 1 GB RAM, Android Honeycomb 3.2 (upgradable to Jelly Bean 4.0) operating system and 1024 x 600 resolution
Tab 620 : Launched on January 11, 2012 with a display size of 7 inch, 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor with 1 GB RAM, Android Honeycomb 3.2 (upgradable to Jelly Bean 4.0) operating system and 1024 x 600 resolution
Tab 680 : Launched in February 2012 with a display size of 7.7 inch, 1.4 GHz Dual Core Processor with 1 GB RAM, Android Honeycomb 3.2 (upgradable to Jelly Bean 4.0) operating system and Super AMOLED 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
Tab 3: This one will succeed Tab 2 very shortly.
Incidentally Samsung also launched one more tablet under the Note series - Note 800 (10.1 inch display and 1.4 GHz Quard Core Processor)
Post this long chain of tablet introductions in all possible sizes and specifications, Samsung launched the true successor of its first tablet - Galaxy Tab. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2(310), has the same 7 inch screen but it's way too sleek. Its only 10.5mm thick vs 12mm i.e. 12% thinner. With new silver finished edges and a neater look, new dimensions 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weighing only 345 g make it quite comfortable to hold in one hand for prolonged period. Motion sensing games are a delight on this compact sized tablet.
Unlike the earlier Galaxy Tab where calls could only be made using a Bluetooth earpiece, Voice calls on Tab 2 function like a regular phone without any external attachment. This makes it a true combination of a tablet and a smartphone.
Galaxy Tab 2 comes with recent Android version 4.0 OS - Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) which lends it exciting features like Face Recognition, Panoramic picture camera mode. In addition there are pre-loaded Google Mobile Services and hence, Google Search, Maps, G-mail, YouTube etc. can be launched directly. It comes with 16 GB internal memory which can be extended up to 32 GB with a micro SD card. Multiple applications run smoothly given its 1 GHz Dual Core Processor and 1 GB RAM.Tab 2 also comes with a unique offering of Exclusive Multimedia Hub, which is not available on Android devices from other players. Multimedia Hub comes with:
-My Movies which offer more than 500 movies, over 2500 music videos and latest movie trailers
- My Music lets you choose from more than 1,50,000 songs
-Game Hub is loaded with exciting motion sensing games
-Readers Hub provides access to thousands of books, magazines and newspapers
It's a PLS LCD screen with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. Rear camera is 3MP and front one is VGA. Battery offers decent charge cycle with the 4000 mAh.
A 10.1 inch version of Tab2 510, has also been launched which doesn't have the voice call feature but all other specifications remains the same as Tab 2 - 7 inch version but has a bigger screen experience.
Recently Samsung has also launched Galaxy Note 510. It has a 8 inch, 1.6 GHz quard-core processor with 2 GB RAM and of course the Note Stylus.
Variants and Price (India): Colour options are Titanium Silver and White. Available in two network options Wi-Fi + 3G and Wi-Fi only with price ranging from Rs. 13,500 to Rs. 19,500. The word doing round is that Samsung would be launching three more tablets soon: