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Samsung smaller tablet finally gets a referesh

Over the course of this year Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO 005930) has rounded out its tablet lineup with the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note slab (Sept.), the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet (Sept.), the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet (Aug.), and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet (Feb.).  But the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab (Sept. 2010) remained untouched.  And it was starting to look a bit long in the tooth, compared to its other Galaxy family members.

But Samsung just dropped some happy news for prospective Android tablet buyers.  It's refreshing the original Galaxy Tab, rebranding it the "Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus".  

Pretty much everything about the new 7-inch tablet is better than its predecessor.  It's thinner: 9.96 mm vs. 11.98 mm in the previous gen.; it's light: 345 g vs. 380 g; it's faster: 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos ARM Cortex A9, 1 GB of DRAM vs. 1.0 GHz unicore Hummingbird Cortex A8, 512 MB of DRAM.

And it's been upgraded from Android 2.2 "Froyo"/Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" -- distributions better suited for smart phones -- to Android 3.2 "Honeycomb".  It also bumps the resolution on the front-facing camera slightly from 1.3 MP to 2 MP, for better video chat image quality.

Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, seen from different views

Strangely the tablet will first be available in Indonesia and Austria in mid-October.  We're guessing that decision has something to do with the legal mess [1][2][3][4][5] Samsung finds itself in, in its war of lawsuits with Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  Samsung says that in coming months the tablet will "gradually rolled to (sic) globally including Southeast and Southwest Asia, US, Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China."

Hopefully it rolls into the U.S. before the end of holiday shopping, as we're guessing more than a few prospective buyers might be interested in snagging this petite, yet powerful Honeycomb tablet.

Here's a quick reminder of what the Samsung Galaxy product family now looks like, for prospective buyers:
Galaxy Product family

Source: Samsung

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Shill much?
By snakeInTheGrass on 9/30/2011 9:05:32 AM , Rating: -1
"Here's a quick reminder of what the Samsung Galaxy product family now looks like, for prospective buyers:"

RE: Shill much?
By JasonMick on 9/30/2011 9:20:49 AM , Rating: 5
"Here's a quick reminder of what the Samsung Galaxy product family now looks like, for prospective buyers:"


a) I don't own Samsung products.
b) I don't own Samsung stock.
c) I've received no compensation from Samsung.
d) I've criticized Samsung's TV lineup (much to some's chagrin) in past pieces:

I fail to see how providing a helpful infographic to readers/shoppers is being a "shill".

Oh right, you're trolling that's why.

RE: Shill much?
By quiksilvr on 9/30/2011 9:45:00 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Shill much?
By Boze on 9/30/2011 11:39:39 AM , Rating: 2
You shouldn't even acknowledge this with a response, Jason.

I'm glad you posted this image though, I had no idea Samsung had so many entries into the tablet market.

As I look through it, I really can't figure out what they're trying to do there. Looks like entirely too much overlap.

RE: Shill much?
By amanojaku on 9/30/2011 11:55:23 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like Samsung is trying to make a tablet that fits everyone's hands comfortably. Not everyone wants a 10", or a 4.5". I'm not sure why the 7.7" isn't an 8.2" or something, though.

RE: Shill much?
By drycrust3 on 9/30/2011 5:20:00 PM , Rating: 2
I had no idea Samsung had so many entries into the tablet market.

I think they have had to do that because one of it's competitors has claimed they stole their "exclusive and original rectangular shape". Well, its hard to say they stole an exclusive and original rectancular shape when they produce a whole lot of rectangular shapes.
My guess is that the one shape you won't find in there is one that is exactly the same proportions as the iPad. Now we just have to wait for the law suit from Apple because Samsung discriminates against their "commonly used and very obvious rectangular shape".

RE: Shill much?
By snakeInTheGrass on 9/30/2011 12:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, you've criticized the TVs but not the IP theft and I must have just missed the iOS device buying guide you typically hang on the end of your articles. Lol.

Anyway, just pointing out some really stupid bias to this post, but I guess that's why it's 'blog', right.

RE: Shill much?
By omnicronx on 9/30/2011 2:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
You mean, an article about Samsung tablets has a picture of... SAMSUNG TABLETS!!

Do you even know what a shill means (shill != bias)? Or are you attempting to slide that comment under the rug to make it look as though you had a point and actually thought about what you wrote.

RE: Shill much?
By snakeInTheGrass on 9/30/2011 4:05:25 PM , Rating: 1
You mean, an article about Samsung tablets has a picture of... SAMSUNG TABLETS!!

No, as a matter of fact that's not what I mean, not sure how you read that into my comments. To clarify for you, I mean that an article about a 7 inch Samsung tablet concludes with a quick reminder to prospective buyers on the Galaxy S II (4.27" and 4.5") PHONES, 5.3" Galaxy Note, 7" Galaxy Tab Plus 7, 7.7" Galaxy Tab, 8.9" Galaxy Tab 8.9, and the 10.1" Galaxy Tab 10.1.

I really haven't seen quite such complete product line presented for other product announcements (complete with photos of the whole lineup).

For example, the "New MacBook Airs" piece ended with: "All of the new MacBook Airs will be getting backlit keyboards and a single Thunderbolt port.", not a complete product roundup of the 11" Air, 13" Air, 13" MacBook Pro, 15" MacBook Pro, and 17" MacBook Pro complete with pictures, just for us prospective buyers. Who in the hell wants to get what looks like a marketing press release with every piece of news?

I'll happily concede that shill isn't technically accurate if there's no Samsung influence on the site, and am pleased to that bias doesn't equal shilling. See, we can all get along.

RE: Shill much?
By bug77 on 9/30/2011 5:41:08 PM , Rating: 2
I see.
He includes pictures of Samsung products and not for Apple. Why not call Jason by his real name: Antichrist! His actual real name is Antijobs, but less technically inclined people won't understand that so let's just settle for the former.

RE: Shill much?
By nocturne_81 on 9/30/2011 8:59:08 PM , Rating: 2
Wow... you are such a tool..

I'm not even close to being in the market for a tablet, but by the time I read the first few lines I was already thinking: how many tablet sizes are there?!?! I was planning on googling it before I made it to bottom, so I'm glad Jason posted the comparison.

Compared to many of Jason's articles covering Apple and RIM, this one didn't seem to have much of an editorial air to it at all... Stop trying to find excuses to pick on the poor guy.

RE: Shill much?
By DeluxeTea on 10/1/2011 3:51:43 PM , Rating: 1
Why the fuck would Jason need to post an iOS buying guide when there are only four devices that use iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV) and just three of those are mobile devices?

RE: Shill much?
By amanojaku on 9/30/2011 9:21:36 AM , Rating: 2
You're, right, it should have said:
"Here's a quick reminder of what the Samsung Galaxy product family now looks like, for prospective prosecutors:"
Who else but a prospective buyer would be interested in this? Troll much?

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