Just last month, we covered Samsung's announcement of the new Galaxy Tab 2, a fairly good looking Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. At the time, we had no word on the ship date, but its appearance at the FCC today suggests a US release in the near future.
As a refresher, here's a short list of the Tab 2's specifications. Behind the 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, you will find a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3MP rear and VGA front camera, as well as numerous storage options. GSM HSPA+ connectivity is included in the base model, and a chip running on AT&T's 3G bands appears in this version of the tablet.
Overall, the Galaxy Tab 2 seems to be a solid device, and quite comparable to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. In our initial coverage, directly converted (and thus inflated) international prices were discussed, but those prices will almost certainly not translate to the US. In fact, the Tab 2 is likely to be positioned as a value proposition, priced below other tablets in Samsung's lineup.
Between this and the potential AT&T subsidy, the Tab 2 could actually end up being pretty cheap when bought with a data plan. Although I personally wouldn't sign a contract, it may be a great proposition for those who want a cheap tablet and want to have a data plan as well.[Phandroid]