Oct 19 AT 4:14 PM Sean Riley 12 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus available for pre-order on Amazon


Just can’t get away from the Samsung news today. Pre-orders for Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab Plus went live in Europe just a bit over a week ago, and now Amazon has the US version available for pre-order. Still no mention of the exact release date, however.

I have my doubts that the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus is going to be unseating the Kindle Fire on Amazon’s sales charts, but it unquestionably has the Fire beat in the specs department. It also offers a true Honeycomb experience, including the Android Market and Google apps.

Quick Galaxy Tab 7 Plus specs refresher:

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 7-inch 1024×600 resolution capacitive display
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 3 megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 720p video
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 12 ounces
  • Android 3.2

No question that it’s a pretty solid package. But with the 16 GB for $399 and the 32 GB for $499, it still may have a tough time competing with the comparatively bargain basement pricing of the $199 Kindle Fire.

I realize we might have a slightly biased audience here, but what do you think is the better deal? Do you take the real Android experience and the more capable hardware of the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus? Or does the Kindle Fire do enough at half the price[1]?


  1. With the potential for hacking and modding of course.

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  • Tal

    Honestly, I am not ashamed to say that I would have preordered today had it been priced at 299$. A 100$ is surely ok to overspend for the specs and experience. But twice that makes less sense. I think that Samsung is about to realize that besides its Nexus – sales are going to decline.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I’m sure they could probably cut it to $350 and still make a profit, but they are at a substantial disadvantage not having the basically guaranteed back end sales that Amazon will have with the Fire.

      • Dustin Earley

        Exactly. How would they make money without hardware profits?

        • Tal

          Exactly the inherent problem Samsung has and the one they need to crack if they want to stay competitive.

    • http://willoughbyjunction.com Jayson Olson

      I agree. The only thing that is stopping me from the Fire is the lack of any camera. If they would have thrown on a small 2/3MP camera to the front/back, I would have paid $249 myself. I’m hoping that the rumored 10″ Fire will have the camera…then I’m in.

  • slimx30

    $399 for 7inch tablet? I’ll pass

  • Rung Jonathan

    I’m so confused about this tablet. Would I buy it over the fire at this price? No – I wouldn’t even buy it at the SAME price as the fire (not that it wouldn’t be a steal at $200). Samsung’s 7.7 Super AMOLED (plus?), 1280×800 resolution tablet and the Galaxy Note seen in Germany look AMAZING, absolutely jaw dropping. Has Samsung forgotten that they already announced these to the world? I know I’ll have to wait a little longer, but the specs are so much better and the screens are insanely good.

    This is like if Apple held a keynote tomorrow and unveiled iPhone 5, and said it will be available soon. Who would buy the 4S then? To anyone interested in this tablet: better things are always around the corner, we all know that, but look at samsung’s recent event in germany and check out the 7.7″ samsung tablet before buying this.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I’m really depressed that they haven’t announced anything regarding a launch of the 7.7 in the U.S. The 7 Plus is no slouch, but I agree that upgraded screen really takes the 7.7 to another level.

    • EightBitJoker

      True, if I’m not mistaken this is the real successor of the original Tab while the 7.7″ is part of the Galaxy Tab 10.1″ family. Knowing that, this may be the option for people who want a Honeycomb tablet with some of the certain features (microSD etc) that most Galaxy Tabs are lacking.

      In my opinion, I wouldn’t count the Fire as a full-fledged tablet since underneath all the custom UI is still Gingerbread. And it’s not as future-proof as I would like, imagine how long it would take for Amazon to roll out ICS for the Fire. So for the price, it’s good. I’m sure a lot of people will buy it. However there is still a niche that patronizes these Honeycomb tablets, and $400 is currently the lowest you can get these at (discounting the Iconia A100 at $340)

    • Tal

      The Note is rumored to be around the 750$ price mark and the 7.7 is rumored to be around the 800$+ … all of which would probably mean identifying them as a kind of boutique presents for Hanukkah/Christmas.

  • Bruce Berman

    Amazon pulled the pre-order page.

  • http://where where is it

    Where can you buy this in Europe. Can’t find it for sale anywhere on the web or any details on when it’s being released.