KOREAN HARDWEAR VENDOR Samsung has announced its Galaxy Tab 2 tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
The number in Samsung's product names usually represents the screen size but in this case it means it's the second generation of the original 7in Galaxy Tab, not a tiny 2in tablet. Its full name is therefore the "Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)" and it will be the firm's first tablet to come with the latest version of Android.
Simon Stanford, UK managing director of telecommunications and networks at Samsung said, "We have actively worked to enhance and extend our tablet offering since the launch of the original Galaxy Tab 18 months ago, to put us in the position we are in today of being able to offer our customers a portfolio of devices of varying sizes relative to their different needs."
"We are delighted to be offering our customers even more choice with our latest tablet which is our first to feature Android 4.0," he added.
The Galaxy Tab 2 will come in both WiFi and 3G models and will have a 1GHz dual-core processor. Other specifications include up to 32GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and a 3MP rear camera.
It will also come with various Samsung features including Hub for access to content like music, films and books. Allshare Play is a new feature that allows streaming and transfers of content between devices and the cloud.
Apple is probably already drawing up its plans to attempt to ban Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2. It is trying to ban the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the US.
Samsung hasn't announced pricing and availability details for the Galaxy Tab 2 yet. We expect it will be on show at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the firm might announce a Galaxy Tab 11.6in tablet. µ