Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 2 7- and 10-inch models

Will these new Android tablets from Samsung and Toshiba be enough to dissuade would-be iPad buyers?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0: Can the $249 Android tablet extinguish Amazon's Kindle Fire?
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0: Can the $249 Android tablet extinguish Amazon's Kindle Fire?

April tablets (could) bring may May flowers. Last week Toshiba announced its Excite Android tablet line-up (which included a 13-inch behemoth), and now it’s Samsung’s turn.

Samsung is refreshing the well-received Galaxy Tab line-up with updated 10- and 7-inch models.

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 features a 7-inch 1,024 x 600-pixel display, 8GB internal storage, 50GB of free Dropbox storage for a year, a dual-core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the TouchWiz UI.

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 features a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800-pixel display, a dual-core 1GHz processor , 16GB internal storage, microSDHC support, 50GB of free Dropbox storage for a year, a 3-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the TouchWiz UI.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 goes on sale (pre-orders) May 4 and  will cost $399.99. At only $249 its smaller sibling is priced the same as the Amazon Kindle-Fire with pre-orders starting April 12th.

Will either Samsung or Toshiba’s new models be enough to dissuade would-be iPad buyers? By undercutting on price (the 10.1 is priced $100 less than the entry Apple iPad) there is the possibility of attracting value shoppers. But so far, consumers have demonstrated that apps, premium design, and ease-of-use are worth the additional cost.

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