Samsung’s low-cost tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), have been delayed, and will now start shipping in the U.K at the end of April, the company said on Tuesday.
When Samsung announced the two productsin February, it said they wouldarrive in U.K. stores in March, and then be rolled out globally. Butthe end of March came and went, and the tablets didn’t go on sale.
The reason for the delay is that Samsung and Google need some more timeto work on Ice Cream Sandwich, according to aspokesman at Samsung, whodidn’t want to elaborate on the details.
Both tablets will run the latestversion of the Android OS. When it waslaunched, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) was expected to be the first Samsungtablet to get the latest version of Android.
This is the second official setback for Samsung as it rolls out newdevices based on Android 4.0 and upgrades existing products. Lastmonth, the company said the upgrade for the original Galaxy Note wouldarrive during the second quarter, later than its original plan to beginthe upgrade process during the first three months of 2012.
However, Samsung has started upgrading the Galaxy S II phone.
Other phones and tablets that will at some point be upgraded includethe Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, 7.7, 8.9, 8.9 LTEand 10.1, according to Samsung.
When they eventually ship, the Galaxy Tab 2 models will be available in3G and Wi-Fi versions. The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) has a 7-inch screen witha 1024-by-600 pixel resolution and weighs 345 grams, while the GalaxyTab 2 (10.1) has a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280-by-800 pixel resolutionand weighs 588 grams.
Apart from their screen size and weight, the two tablets have a verysimilar hardware specification, including a 1GHz dual-core processor,two cameras, internal storage of up to 32GB and a MicroSD card slot foradded capacity.
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