The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first big-name tablet to go head to head with the iPad, but sadly, it was not much of a mainstream success. Still, we here at Pocketables were big fans of the device and its 7-inch screen size. The tablet is now quite outdated, but if a leak from Italian website Telefonio is correct, we can expect a hardware refresh of the original Galaxy Tab in the near future.
Some of the rumored hardware improvements include a dual-core processor, dual cameras (3MP and 2MP), and HSPA+. The inclusion of the GSM "4G" technology makes sense as most of Europe uses it, but I would hope this means we will get a T-Mobile version of the device here in the US. Disappointingly, the display has a relatively low 1024 x 600 resolution. However, it does include Samsung's Super AMOLED technology, which we haven't seen before in a display this size.
Although it would be nice to see the yet unreleased Ice Cream Sandwich on the device, Samsung included Android 3.0 Honeycomb. As long as the device is released this year that will be sufficient, but any later and the OS will likely be outdated.
Other than the low resolution screen, the "Galaxy Tab 2.0" looks to be a good improvement over the previous version. The device's hardware is solid, and the Super AMOLED display and 4G connectivity help to differentiate it from the rest of the 7-inch tablets. Even if the Tab is not a standout, it will be a welcome addition to the market.