The next iteration of the biggest Galaxy tablet from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, is now available for pre-order from Office Depot at a low price of $400 ($399.99 if you want to split hairs).
So it seems that the leak from Office Depot early last month, which we have since suspected to have been a prematurely published page of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, turned out to be correct.
In a leak at the start of April, what appears to have been the preorder page for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 indicated that a 8GB Wi-Fi model of the device could be purchased for $399.99, the exact same price that Office depot is now actually selling the device for.
However, that price is now for the 16GB version of the tablet from the South Korean technology giant.
This may be signaling that from now on, Samsung plans to aggressively push its tablet models by giving them a lower price point.
This move, if it materializes, is arguably to claim some market share from industry-leading Apple with its iPad tablet. Recently, a study from research firm IDC has pegged the iPad to have a dominant 58 percent market share of the tablet market.
Also back in April but later than the leak from Office Depot, a listing on the gadget shopping site QVC also indicated that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 a price of $309.96. The listing appeared briefly on the QVC site but was swiftly taken down.
Anyway, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 being offered by Office Depot for $399.99 is, as mentioned above, the 16GB model.
It is powered by the latest flavor of the Android mobile operating system, Android 4.0 named Ice Cream Sandwhich.
“On the heels of the GALAXY Tab 2 7.0 launch, we are pleased to now offer two choices of one of the most sought-after tablets on the market,” Office Depot Chief Technology Buyer Randy Wick said in a statement.
It was also revealed by the retail chain that they will start selling the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 through its brick and mortar stores starting this Sunday, may 13.
As for the specifications of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, it will come with a 10.1-inch PLS TFT touch screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels resulting in a pixel density of about 149 pixels per inch. this touch screen is protected by the popular Corning Gorilla Glass.
It will run ICS but will be coated with the TouchWiz user interface Samsung puts in all its Android smartphones (save for the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus) and tablets.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be powered by a dual-core TI-OMAP 4430 central processing unit with its Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1GHz, 1GB in RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing unit.
Internal storage which will be available with the new tablet will be 8GB, 16GB and 32GB but owners will be able to add additional storage space via a microSD memory card slot capable of accommodating cards up to 32GB in size.
Connectivity comes via Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 3.0. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will not have the ability to connect to a mobile wireless network.
Meanwhile, it will have two cameras, a 3.15MP unit out back and a VGA unit on the front. The back camera will be capable of shooting high-definition video (720p).
The tablet will also sport USB 2.0 via a micro-USB port and sensors including a compass, an accelerometer, and a gyroscopic sensor. it will also feature GPS and GLONASS.
These features of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 are encased in a 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7mm body which weighs 581g.
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Now On Pre-Order From Office Depot For $399.99