updated 07:15 am EDT, Fri September 30, 2011
Samsung surprises with new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Samsung has taken the wraps of an unexpected addition to its ever increasing line of tablets. The new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus joins the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Samsung's Android tablet fold. The new slate is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor matched with 1GB of RAM and runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb). It also appears to be a direct successor to the original Galaxy Tab released nearly a year ago.
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus centers on a 7-inch WSVGA PLS display with a 1024x600 resolution. It incorporates a 3-megapixel camera on its rear, that is capable of shooting video in 720p, and sports a 2-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting.
Quad-band 3G support is built-in allowing support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as HSPA+ at up to 21Mbps. It is also equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11n, and Bluetooth 3.0. The new tablet weighs in at 345 grams and is just under 1cm thin. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will be available in metallic gray and white when it ships.
While pricing is yet to be revealed, the new tablet is expected to hit Indonesia and Austria towards the end of October. It is, however, expected to be released in other markets globally not long after including the North American and European markets.
Samsung now has virtually every screen size niche covered. If one includes the Galaxy Note, at 5.3-inches, Samsung now has tablets that come in four different screen sizes. The quad-band 3G connectivity fitted standard on this model suggests that it is being targeted at carriers who might offer it under a subscription plan for a discounted up-front price.
Where the original Galaxy Tab struggled with Android 2.2, which was not optimized for tablets, the latest build of Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) should help make this model a more satisfying tablet experience - the relative lack of Android Honeycomb tablet-specific apps notwithstanding.