Samsung launches Galaxy Tab 2 with Android 4.0 for $350

Samsung Electronics has launched Galaxy Tab 2, the first of its tablets to ship with the Anroid 4.0 operating system.  As the latest addition to Samsung's tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 features its own Touchwiz user interface, a dual-core 1 GHz processor and has a 7-inch screen with 1024×600 resolution, two cameras, and man 8, 16, 32GB integrated harddrive with the ability to expand with a MicroSD card.

Although slightly thicker than the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 2 actually weighs less than its competitor.  The Galaxy Tab 2 is 0.41 inches thick and weighs 0.75 pounds while the iPad 2 is 0.34 inches thick and weighs 1.32 pounds.

Hoping to attract a larger audience with its lower price, the Galaxy Tab will retail for about $350 (€270) and will start shipping in March 2012, according to a statement from Samsung.  It's $350 pricepoint places it somewhere in the awkward middle between Apple's $600 iPad and Amazon's $200 Kindle Fire.

Samsung will also offer a 3G version of the Galaxy Tab 2 which can function as a phone and connect to the internet using HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) at 21 mbps.

While the Galaxy Tab 2 does boast some impressive features, it'll be interesting to see how the consumer market reacts to its price.  In my opinion, it's a little bit too expensive for the more budget-minded market who might lean towards the cheaper Kindle Fire.  For those looking to splurge a little, they'll probably dish out the extra cash for the name brand Apple iPad.

Despite sales of Android-based operating tablets tripling in Q4 of 2011, Apple still dominates the market, according to a recent report from Strategy Analytics.  Android had a 39.1% share of global tablet shipments, while Apple's share dropped from 68.2% to 57.6%.  However, with the iPad 3 rumored to also launch in March, it'll be hard for the Galaxy Tab 2 to steal the spotlight from Apple.

[PC World]