Apr, 12 2012

This is movement I can definitely get behind. Solid, good quality Android tablets, reasonably priced for under $300. With Amazon’s Kindle Fire the only (pseudo) Android tablet to make a splash here in the states, there’s no arguing its success was due largely in part to its rock bottom $200 price tag. Now, we have rumors pointing to a $200, 7-inch Nexus tablet coming soon from Google and ASUS, I think it’s high time we start seeing more Android OEM’s stepping up to the plate, and making sub-$300 tablets a focus.

Well, it looks like Samsung is the latest manufacturer to take a swing at a affordable Android tablet. Turns out their Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is the latest Android tablet to hit that wonderful $250 mark, replacing the $400 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. This new model features many of the same specs under the hood like a dual-core processor although, this time switched out for a TI OMAP 4430 instead of a Tegra 2, all while running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung hasn’t stopped with just the 7-inch version. They’ve also announced the availability of the larger 10.1-inch model — the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for a decent $400 and even a new WiFi-only Galaxy Player 4.2 priced at $200. The 4.2-inch Galaxy Player will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a 1GHz processor (think Galaxy S minus the cellular radios).

You can look forward to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 launching on April 22nd here in the states, with the 10.1 and Galaxy Player 4.2 looking at a May 13th release. With this new pricing model, do you any of you guys see yourselves picking one up? Or will you continue to hold out for the Nexus tab?


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