Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 2 Pricing And Availability, Throws In A Pair Of Galaxy Players For Good Measure

Samsung decided to drop a barrel of devices on us yesterday, all of which came with pricing and availability details (I know, right?). After a brief delay, it appears Samsung has managed to get TouchWiz to play nice with Android 4.0, finally making the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 ready for prime time.

Both the 7.0 and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2 tablets will feature a dual-core processor, Android 4.0, and an IR blaster which sounds cooler than it actually is. You’ll be surprised to know Samsung has made their Galaxy Tab 2 series quite affordable with the 7.0 joining the sub-$300 club at $249.99 and the 10.1-inch model coming in a tad higher at $399.99. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is available for pre-order now and will be available for purchase on April 22. The Tab 2 10.1 won’t be available for pre-order until May 4th and then for purchase on May 13.

Samsung also threw in the announcement of a couple Galaxy Players. These contract-less players will come in both a 4.2-inch WVGA screen or 3.6-inch HVGA screen variant. These are Samsung’s Android versions of an iTouch and will run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The Galaxy Player 3.6 is available now for $149.99 exclusively at Best Buy and soon at other retailers. The Galaxy Player 4.2 joins the Tab 2 10.1 and won’t be available for pre-order until May 4th and then for purchase on May 13.

For more information, check out the full press release below.

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., April 11, 2012 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today unveils the latest additions to the popular Samsung Galaxy line of handheld and portable devices. The two new Galaxy Tab 2TM products and two new Galaxy Players TM continue to showcase Samsung’s commitment to providing users with choice, flexibility and connectivity to the full Samsung ecosystem of products, apps and services.

Galaxy Tab 2 – Powerful, Smart, Easy to Use

The Galaxy Tab 2 Series, available in both 10.1″ and 7.0″ screen sizes, are powerful dual-core tablets running the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices feature an integrated IR blaster for universal remote capabilities, as well as an easily accessible memory card slot for convenient loading of multimedia files in a range of supported file formats.

The new tablets offer endless content access in a sleek design that can maximize the home entertainment experience. The Smart Remote App and built-in IR Blaster turns the Tab 2 into a universal smart remote, helping users easily find their favorite shows. Users can choose from more than 450,000 apps, access favorite movies and TV shows from Google Play or Media Hub, and surf millions of web pages with Adobe® Flash™ support.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab 2 products are fully Google certified for complete access to Google Play (formerly Android Marketplace) and competitively priced at $399.99 and $249.99, respectively – so consumers no longer need to compromise when selecting a tablet.

“These new Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Player devices deliver what consumers have come to expect from all Samsung products – exceptional design, impressive connectivity options and a selection of choices for each type of person and user scenario,” said Tim Baxter, President, Samsung Electronics America. “A one size fits all solution is just not sufficient.”

Galaxy Players put Android in the Hand – without Service Contracts

With the two new Galaxy Players, available in 4.2 inch WVGA screen or 3.6 inch HVGA screen variants, gaming, videos and music are more fun than ever.

Easily connect to Wi-Fi hotspots anywhere to get instant access to the latest content. Users also can play their own video and music in a variety of formats, connect to other devices using USB 2.0 or Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, or simply load the device via a micro SD card. Because the device runs on Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, a world of apps is a touch away.

Plus, dual-stereo speakers (on the Galaxy Player 4.2) deliver an incredible music, video or gaming experience – anywhere.

The new Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Players will be available for purchase at a variety of retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct and others. The Galaxy Player 3.6 is available now for $149.99 exclusively at Best Buy and soon at other retailers. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be available for preorder today at $249.99, and for purchase on April 22. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Player 4.2 will both be available for pre-order on May 4 and for purchase on May 13, at $399.99 and $199.99 respectively.