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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 – what you need to know

Samsung is gearing up for another strong year in 2012, with the release of some exciting new smartphones and a couple of tablets to boot.

The South Korean tech giant has been a strong presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress, showcasing what it has in store for the rest of the year.

Of course, Samsung’s biggest product – the Galaxy S3 – was nowhere to be seen, but that didn’t stop people flocking to see what the manufacturer had to offer.

In terms of smartphones, we saw the Samsung Galaxy Beam – an exciting device whose main feature is a built-in projector, capable of beaming a 50-inch image on to a flat surface.

And Samsung was not short on tablets either, showcasing not one but two new devices in the form of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1).

We’ve already brought you a look at the Galaxy Note – a surprisingly impressive tablet version of the smartphone that was released last year. But what about the Galaxy Tab 2?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 specs

We’ve already seen the 7.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2, and Samsung took the chance at MWC to show us the larger version.

Unveiled with less extravagance then the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 2 kept a fairly low profile at MWC. But those pesky investigative tech journalists soon got the low-down on the specs.

As far as follow-ups go, this one is very conservative. With a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 1280 x 800 display resolution and a 3MP camera, it’s barely indistinguishable from the first Galaxy Tab.

The key differences are in the operating system (it runs Android 4.0) and a redesigned back cover. The new Galaxy Tab is also a little thicker than the original, at 10.5mm.

Galaxy Tab fans may be disappointed to see the specs in the new tablet. But with the Galaxy Note becoming Samsung’s new premier tablet, we could see the Galaxy Tab 2 come in at a lower price than the original.