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Days ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled its latest tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). One of its most notable features is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, making it the newest version from the Galaxy Tab line initially introduced in 2010. Built around a 7-inch 1024x600 PLS LCD display, the Galaxy Tab 2 features a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera.
While Samsung’s been under fire lately for its slow-to-market ICS update for existing Galaxy Tabs, this latest version may be an entry-level device to hold us over. With a fixed-focus camera and no LED flash, VGA resolution and a thicker body at 10.5mm thick, it’s clear Samsung didn’t pull out all the stops for the Galaxy Tab 2. Nevertheless, Samsung’s been eager to release an entry-level tablet preloaded with ICS. Still no word on pricing, though the Galaxy Tab 2 is expected to launch first in the UK.
Galaxy line comes under fire
The original Galaxy Tab was a flagship product for Samsung, landing the South Korean manufacturer in hot water with Apple. Having risen to the top of Android OEMs, Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets is a definite threat. Apple’s intensified its global patent battle with Samsung, targeting the Galaxy Nexus with a request in California to block sales of the ICS smartphone. Samsung faces another four patent violations, including new features like the voice-command search function.
Apple fears retaliation from Motorola
Motorola’s also in troubled waters, with its own set of lawsuits against Apple. The iPhone maker requested an order from a federal court in California enjoining Motorola Mobility from suing the company in other courts for patent infringement regarding its use of Qualcomm chips. Apple is worried Motorola will bring the iPhone 4S into a patent infringement lawsuit it’s filed against Apple in the U.S., as it tried to do in Germany. Apple argues that the patent in question is protected under a licensing agreement between Qualcomm and Motorola, making Apple a third-party beneficiary.