Office Depot has just started displaying the pricing of the 10.1 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 today. Despite being unavailable for purchase, it has been given an enticing $399 price tag.
Of course, we’re only talking about an 8GB model here, but there are only a precious few 10.1 inch tablets that come in at a sub $400 price tag.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 inch tablet comes in with a 1280×800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, and a TI OMAP 4430 chipset. You’ve got 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor as well, making the specs look as typically powerful as most top end Samsung devices.
The starting price point of $399 helps Samsung take on the Apple iPad 2 as well, since the latter’s $100 price slash. The $399 iPad is a WiFi only, 16GB model, meaning that the Galaxy Tab 2 gives you GSM connectivity at an equivalent price. Both pack in a 7000mAh battery, which should be sufficient juice to make them last roughly 9-10 hours on paper.
Samsung had promised a March release for both of the second iterations of its Galaxy Tab line of 7 and 10 inch slates during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year. The delay is said to have been pushed back to at least the end of April to ensure that all the variants of the Galaxy Tab 2 come with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box.
Samsung is taking a while in customizing Ice Cream Sandwich with its typical TouchWiz skin. It may be an obtrusive addition, but the underlying Android 4.0 OS should be a welcome change from the buggy, choppy performance of Honeycomb powered Android tablets, and initial reports of the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) ICS performance have been highly favorable.