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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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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.

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