Samsung has announced a new Galaxy Tab Android tablet running the latest Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) mobile operating system. The unimaginatively named Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will go onsale in the UK before anywhere else.  A 7in screen tablet with a resolution of 1024c600 pixels), it replaces the original pocket-sized Galaxy Tab from 2010.

It will hit UK stores in March and will be offered in a choice of Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus 3G versions. Memory capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB will be available, with storage further expandable via microSD card up to 32GB.

Content rather than hardware changes appear to be at the heart of the new model. Android 4.0 doesn’t bring major revisions to Google’s tablet OS over the 3.2 version most tablets currently run. However, owners of current Samsung Galaxy Tab devices do not have access to the latest version of Android. The existing 7in Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android 2.2 Froyo device.

Samsung cites an improved swipe to unlock screen, improvements to the number and quality of apps available for Android tablets via the Android Market and Wi-Fi and cloud-based media sharing and streaming through its AllShare Play portal. Samsung’s own Video Hub now offers a choice of 1000 movie titles for rent or purchase, while the rather better populated Music Hub offers 17 million song choices. Owners will be able to get app, movie and music recommendations.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and is 10.5mm thick (for form’s sake we have to mention that the Apple iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 8.6mm thick). The new Samsung 7in tablet weighs 344g.