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Samsung Outs the All New Android 3.2 Powered Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

By Lito Carasig - Monday, October 03, 2011

Not to be outdone by the recent intro of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Samsung has unleashed another new tablet into the fray – this time a revamped and revitalized version of its Galaxy Tab – the all new Android Honeycomb (3.2) powered Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

Obviously, Samsung’s latest outing is poised to be a threat to the recently announced Kindle Fire.  Still, kudos to Samsung for outing a much better spec’d tablet compared to Amazon’s latest offering. Things are really starting to heat up!  Of course you might say that these tablets have very different target audiences, but in the long run, a potential tablet buyer will shop around first before deciding on what to spend his hard earned money on.

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus measures 193.6mm x 122.4mm x 9.9mm and weighs in at a very light 345 grams.  It is a 7-incher with an LCD multi-touch capacitive screen capable of 1024 x 600 pixel display. Light and proximity sensors are also thrown in to make it very well rounded. 

Under its hood is a 1.2HGz Dual-Core Processor with 1 GB of RAM; more than enough firepower to effectively go head to head with Amazon’s Fire. De rigueur cams are also present: a 3 megapixel back-facing one with flash to capture all those memories, which also features auto-focus, smile detection and panorama function, and a 2 megapixel front-facing cam for that all-important video conferencing with your boss or your loved ones. It has a built-in music player which supports all popular music files and video playback for numerous movie formats.  The device supports both flash and HTML for internet browsing.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is available in 16GB and 32 GB. For further expandability Samsung included a microSD card slot which supports both SD and SDHC of up to 64GB maximum capacity. 

Somewhat of a downer is the existence of a propriety USB port to connect your tablet to mass storage devices (but hey at least they included one at all this time).

Connectivity is handled by built-in Wi-Fi with supports 802.11 a,b,g and n. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also available for your listening pleasure or to clearly hear your boss/grandmother/wife while making video calls via Wi-Fi or 3G.

Finally of course no tablet will be complete without an accelerometer, gyroscope or a compass and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has them all.

Everything looks sunny for this newest Samsung tablet except for one thing which the Big S hasn’t announced yet: price.  It seems that Samsung has deliberately withheld this last but most important point and I hope it’s not because the price may be too far off when compared to its intended rival, Amazon’s Kindle Fire.  This may well be the deciding factor whether Samsung’s newest addition to tablet line will make it or break it.

If the Big S wants to carve out a considerable chunk from the consumer’s pie, then Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus should be priced as competitively as Amazon’s latest hot offering. Which, in my book, is not that easily done.




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