Sep 30 AT 8:42 AM Nick Gray 23 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus announced, Samsung’s Android tablet dominance undisputed


It looks like the days are numbered for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung has just announced the new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus which runs on a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and Android Honeycomb 3.2. Other specs include 1 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, 3 megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p video, front-facing 2 megapixel camera, WiFi 802.11 (2.4 and 5 GHz), GPS, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 3G, and a 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution capacitive display.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will be hitting store shelves in Austria and Indonesia in late October but will also be pushed out gradually to Asia, US, Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China. Pricing details have not been released, but we’re assuming the Tab 7.0 Plus will hit the market right below the $400 mark.

It’s pretty obvious that Samsung wants to gain a strong foothold in the tablet market. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will be the fourth Honeycomb tablet from Samsung to go on sale in less than six months. There’s a huge gap between Samsung and Apple, but it looks like Samsung will be putting some good distance between themselves and their Android competitors.

How many of you would choose the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 over the HTC Flyer, Nook Color, or the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire?

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Samsung reloaded more possibilities on the go with GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
Advanced 7-inch tablet experience on the go within a premium design

SEOUL, Korea — September 30, 2011 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, today announced the launch of the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus. Offering a portable, rich multimedia experience on a 7-inch display, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus packs power and productivity into a chic lightweight design. The GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus runs Google AndroidTM Honeycomb, enabling an easy and intuitive user experience.
“Samsung pioneered the seven-inch tablet market with the launch of the GALAXY Tab, marking an innovation milestone in the mobile industry. Building on the success of the GALAXY Tab, we’re now delighted to introduce the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus reloaded with enhanced portability, productivity and a richer multimedia experience” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. He added “GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is for those who want to stay productive and in touch with work, friends and content anytime, anywhere.”

Enhanced Portability
With 7-inch display, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus provides enhanced portability, weighing just 345g and measuring at just 9.96mm thin. Enhanced portability ensures that it fits easily into an inside-jacket pocket or a handbag, making it an ideal device for those who need to stay productive and entertained while on-the-move.

Advanced Productivity
GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus delivers a smooth and intuitive user experience with powerful performance powered by 1.2GHz dual core processor. Mini Apps allows seamless multitasking by consolidating 7 applications easily accessed from a bottom-side tray on main screen. Users can launch favorite features such as music player or calendar as pop-ups over full screen applications. Not only that, users can design an individualized up-to-the-minute interface through Live Panel.

Web browsing is also enhanced by Adobe Flash and super-fast HSPA+ connectivity, providing download speeds up to three times faster than a conventional HSPA connection. On top of that Wi-Fi Channel Bonding bonds two channels into one for improved network connection and data transfer at up to twice the speed.

Furthermore, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus offers voice and video call support, with no need for a headset.
Users can see friends and family from anywhere in the world in high quality thanks to the device’s larger screen.

Rich Multimedia on-the-move
Full HD videos can be enjoyed on the 7-inch WSVGA PLS display, with DivX & multi codec support ensuring the device is capable of supporting a variety of different formats. An improved virtual clipboard, which stores text and images enabling easy copy and paste, further adds to these capabilities.

Additionally, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus features Social Hub, Readers Hub and Music Hub services. Social Hub aggregates the user’s contacts, calendar and email along with instant messaging and social networking connections all within one easy-to-use interface. Readers Hub provides e-reading content such as e-books, newspapers and magazines. Music Hub enables access to over 13 million songs even when out and about.

GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus will be available starting in Indonesia and Austria from end-October and gradually rolled to globally including Southeast and Southwest Asia, US, Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China.

Source: Engadget

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • weee recycling

    Im holding out on the kindle fire, from first glance it looks great

    • Tim Cock

      First wait for the iPhone 4S, then the iPhone5 and then the iPad3.
      Have a good time!

      • taylor

        Sadly, there’s a chance 7.0 Plus pricing might be a little less higher since it doesn’t have a microSD slot — obliging user for an extra fee if they want to get the 32GB. All the details here.

        Highly, inappropriate for an Android tablet.

        • eightbitjoker

          I think I saw a preview on PhoneArena, their Galaxy Tab 7 had a MicroSD slot.

    • jivemaster

      I don’t quite get this one – they’ve also got the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Who would want this over the 7.7 which is thinner and has a superior screen? I guess this has 3G and the 7.7 doesn’t, but most people I know tether anyway.

  • Daniel

    I don’t see why have 7″ and 7.7″ models.

    • Nick Gray

      The 7-inch model is a lower end device since the resolution of the display, processor speed, and cameras don’t even come close to those of the 7.7. Samsung will probably sell this sucker for $399, but it would be great steal if they could get the price down to $350 or lower.

  • Interpol91

    I would definitely choose the Galaxy Tab 7.0 over those other other choices but my next tablet will surely be packing some Kal-El power!!

  • EggoEspada

    Lolwut? What’s the point of having still model still with the announced 7.7? It’s so much better in terms of design and display than this.

    • Nick Gray

      That’s like asking a PC maker why they make netbooks, high-powered laptops, and everything in between. Samsung wouldn’t make a device unless they though consumers would want that option. The original Galaxy Tab was a great little device for what it was and a Honeycomb version with a dual-core processor and thinner body should be exponentially better.

      I’m not a big Samsung fan, but I think they might have a hit on their hands as long as they can get it on the market at the right price.

  • Panatella

    What kind of market is there for a 7″ tablet? It’s too small for a laptop replacement and if you have a 4″+ smartphone, what use is it to carry a slightly bigger screen for browsing and email?

    Is there anyone out there that can tell me the advantage of a 7″ tablet?

    • Elam

      You can put your dick on it and measure.

    • Steve Nutt

      It’s for those people who don’t have a 4″+ smartphone or a larger tablet, but might already have a laptop/…

      At the right price (i.e. think Amazon Fire), something like this would be a pretty easy sale to my wife (who doesn’t own a smartphone), as she currently uses my phone to watch TV (BBC iPlayer)/listen to radio/etc., it would also allow her to show pics of our little one to Grand/Great Grandparents, take videos (which the Amazon Fire wouldn’t), etc. plus fit in her handbag/coat pockets…

      • 666

        All Android/WebOS/iOS/QNX tablets are not laptop replacements. Their consumption devices for probably 3/4 of the people who buy them, the other 1/4 are regretting not getting a better laptop or waiting for W8.

        That said, 7″ is pretty perfect for a consumption device. I’m eying the Fire myself and at $200 the price is right.

    • 666

      All Android/WebOS/iOS/QNX tablets are not laptop replacements. Their consumption devices for probably 3/4 of the people who buy them, the other 1/4 are regretting not getting a better laptop or waiting for W8.

      • Nick Gray

        Completely agree. While some try to convince themselves that they are getting a tablet to replace a laptop or netbook, the truth is that it’s hard to be productive on a device with no keyboard or a true web browser and word processor.

        As much as we like to back Microsoft around here, Windows 8 tablets with slide-out or swivel keyboards will be ten times more useful than Android tablets are today.

  • schowlera

    Still on the fence about how I’d actually use a tablet on a regular basis and if that would be worth it, but I’d think if they came out with a Nexus tablet I’m sure I could convince myself.

  • martin

    the only reason i would pay more for a tablet (over the kindle fire) is because its thinner/lighter/MUCH better hardware. the samsung 7″ tablets aren’t thin enough yet (im waiting til they get down to 9mm like their bigger brothers) and at first glance this hardware doesn’t seem better enough to justify an extra $200 from me.

    for now, im voting no.

  • brun

    my gf said 7 inches are laughable..

  • SliestDragon

    Love the resolution to display size of this. Hopefully bigger tablets start to put something similar out there soon.

  • Nancy

    Well i feel Amazon Kindle fire is best option as its available in $199..its obvious that Samsung have to work hard in the tablet market. The Samsung
    Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is latest tablet from Samsung to compete but there’s reallt huge gap between Samsung and Apple.

  • kajdo

    “hitting store shelves in Austria and Indonesia in late October ” … i think you ment australia

    kind regards from vienna/austria/europe ;)