New Galaxy Tab 7.0 "Plus" is Thinner, Lighter, and More Powerful
September 30, 2011 8:55 AM
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Samsung smaller tablet finally gets a referesh
Over the course of this year Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) 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
ARM Cortex A9, 1 GB of DRAM vs. 1.0 GHz unicore
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.
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 [
] Samsung finds itself in, in its war of lawsuits with Apple, Inc. (
). 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:
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RE: BUT... how much?
9/30/2011 11:53:20 AM
I'm not sure how being priced at $399 will necessarily help. The reason for my uncertainty is because ASUS's Transformer released at $399 as well, and while it sold very well in the beginning, you don't see it being touted as an "iPad killer."
I think the market wants to see innovation and/or a
price. I'll admit that I own an iPad and a TouchPad, and what would get me to buy an Android tablet is most likely the Transformer 2. That's of course if the SoC doesn't have some of the media issues that the Transformer 1 has. I absolutely love the idea of the keyboard dock, and if we had the "Aikouka Awards", I'd probably give it
Best Tech Accessory of 2011
RE: BUT... how much?
10/2/2011 12:57:52 AM
Amazon is going to plaster the Fire all over their website. With that much marketting, and it's lower price, the Fire will be awesome to watch.
"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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