Verizon Wireless said on Wednesday that it will offer the 4G LTE version of Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet for $349.99 USD starting Friday, August 17. Given the recent release of Google's Nexus 7 tablet, the price seems a little steep for the specs, but consumers are essentially paying for the 4G LTE connectivity which requires an additional data plan from Verizon.
"The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) features power and portability with its 4G LTE connectivity and 7-inch display making mobile entertainment easy," Verizon said. "The Galaxy Tab 2 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and comes loaded with multimedia-rich apps like Netflix and Samsung’s Media Hub for watching movies and TV shows while on the go or on the couch. Customers can also take advantage of the compact design and use the Amazon Kindle app to keep their favorite books with them at all times."
The tablet specs, updated from the first-gen model, include 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for adding an additional 64 GB, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, a 3.2MP rear-facing camera and a 0.3MP VGA front-facing camera for video chattery. A 7-inch WSVGA TFT screen (1024 x 600) is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core SoC and 1 GB of RAM. Other features include a USB 2.0 Host port and Samsung's Plane-to-Line-Switching (PLS) technology which allows for better power efficiency from a brighter panel.
For business owners, the updated tablet is a SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) device, providing flexibility and connectivity for mobile workforces, ensuring that customers are able to operate more efficiently on the move. Features include on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.
"The Galaxy Tab 2 can maximize productivity with the Polaris Office application to easily create and edit documents," the company said. "The app is optimized for tablets and has support for various file types like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, Zip files and more."
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Aug. 17 for $349.99. As previously specified, the tablet will need a data plan, but customers who have switched over to the Share Everything scheme can simply add the gadget to their current data pool for a mere $10 per month. That means you can purchase this tablet without the typical 2-year ball-and-chain -- your main phone line carries that burden.