Verizon expands its tablet lineup this Friday with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, a new Android tablet with a 7-inch display and 4G LTE connectivity.
The Galaxy Tab 2.0 arrives online and at Verizon stores on August 17th with a tempting $349 no-contract needed price tag. The tablet requires a data plan, and customers can add the Tab 2.0 to the new Verizon Share Everything plans for $10 a month to share data with their existing smartphones.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2.0 is a 7-inch Android tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Sadly the announcement includes no information about an upgrade to the smoother, faster Android 4.1 Jelly Bean we love on the Google Nexus 7.
The Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is basically a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 model we reviewed in April.
The Tab 2.0 features a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 resolution screen which we note delivers good colors and wide viewing angles in our review of the WiFi model. The 4G LTE connection offers mobile connectivity for $100 over the WiFi Model’s $249 retail price. Mobile connectivity is huge for a smaller tablet, and one of the things we miss on the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
Read: Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review
On the back of the tablet is a 3.2MP camera, paired with a front facing VGA camera for video chats. The tablet uses a 1.2GHz dual core processor and includes Bluetooth 4.0. The tablet ships with 8GB of internal memory expandable with the MicroSD card slot capable of accepting up to 64GB MicroSD cards.
Like the WiFi model, the Galaxy Tab 2.0 7 with 4G LTE sports an IR blaster capable of controlling TVs and home theater equipment. The Peel Smart Remote app acts like a universal remote and incorporates a beautiful channel guide. The remote app can control multiple components and devices in multiple rooms.
Businesses looking for small tablets with 4G LTE connectivity will appreciate on device encryption, support for VPN and MDM as well as Microsoft AES compatibility.