Samsung Bringing Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus To US: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Tablet For $399by Jason Inofuentes on October 21, 2011 1:36 PM EST
Samsung hasn't been shy about pumping out Android tablets abroad, and so far we've seen them trickling our way steadily but surely. And so, today Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will be joining the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in their US Honeycomb line-up.
This marks the first Exynos tablet we'll be seeing, giving us a chance to truly compare Honeycomb performance across all the chipset vendors for the first time. We're confirming with Samsung that all the specs will remain the same as the international version released recently, and if they do we'll be looking at a 1024 x 600 7" PLS LCD screen running TouchWiz UX over Android 3.2 and with that 1.2 GHz Exynos SoC we've loved on the Galaxy S 2, (Ed. note: We're putting a pin in Exynos till we can confirm.) backed by 1 GB of RAM. The slate features 3MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing cameras, along with (hopefully) a microSD slot.
In an effort to position this slate as a home theater companion, as Sony has done with it's Tablet S line, Samsung is including an IR blaster and Peel software to provide complete home theater control (a la Logitech Harmony) along side content discovery tailored to the users interests. If you've tried out Peel's wares before we'd love to hear what you think. Certainly integrating the hardware and software helps keep the tablet's $399 price competitive, in a market where 7" tablets are hitting much lower price points. That said, Exynos, with its Mali-400 GPU, would make the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus quite enticing without Peel. You'll find it at Best Buy, Tiger Direct, Amazon and Fry's nationwide on November 13th.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus|
|Display||7" 1024x600 PLS LCD|
|Camera||3MP Rear-facing; 2MP Front-facing|
|Memory||1 GB LPDDR2, 16 GB / 32 GB NAND|
|Dimensions||193.65 x 122.37 x 9.96 mm|
|Battery||4000 mAh Li-Ion|
|Connectivity||802.11n a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), BT 3.0, USB 2.0|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, ALS, Proximity|
Source: Samsung (Original Announcement)
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Ragin69er - Friday, October 21, 2011 - linkI was really hoping we would see the 7.7" galaxy tab here sooner. I'm very enticed by its AMOLED screen but I like that this features an IR blaster as I still have to turn on my TV using my remote before i can switch to my 7" tab for the remainder of control, and this would also be able to control my audio solution as well. Choices, choices.... maybe I should wait and see if the 7.7" comes out before I replace my current tab as I really like it and don't see the need to upgrade just yet.
zorxd - Friday, October 21, 2011 - linkisn't it 1024x600 or something more widescreen than 1024x768?
B3an - Friday, October 21, 2011 - linkWell yeah, because 1024x768 is not widescreen at all, it's 4:3.
seamonkey79 - Friday, October 21, 2011 - linkDepending on whether you read or look at the article, it's both! Or neither!
Maybe it doesn't have any pixels at all... that would be different.
JasonInofuentes - Friday, October 21, 2011 - linkSorry guys. Fatherhood and bloggerhood sometimes collide. Fixing.
tiro_uspsss - Saturday, October 22, 2011 - linkno way to connect to telco/WWAN? :(
are there any ~7" Android tablets that have WWAN? I don't want ~10" - its too big for my liking!
JasonInofuentes - Saturday, October 22, 2011 - linkBecause of the need for carrier testing and validation, the 3G/4G versions of these always come a bit later than WiFi. Samsung has partnered with T-mo and VZW for 3G/4G versions of the Tab 10.1 so it's plausible we could see one of these end up on either of those networks. This and an unlimited LTE plan = the hotness.
kmmatney - Saturday, October 22, 2011 - linkI can't see this selling very well at this price. It's not much more for a larger screen 10" tablet, and there are many 7" alternatives at lower price points. Why buy this over a Kindle Fire at HALF the price? The Kindle Fire will be dual-core, and do most of the same things - minus the camera.
shabby - Saturday, October 22, 2011 - linkTotally agree, and if amazon releases a subsidized 10" tablet for $250-300 it'll be game over for everyone else since amazon can recoup its loses from its services on the tablet while others cant.
JasonInofuentes - Saturday, October 22, 2011 - linkAhh the Kindle Fire. As a media consumption device, you're totally right. The Kindle Fire is a great device and can provide some real price pressure to drive costs of higher end devices down. Trouble is, Amazon will make money on media sales on the device, and so they can price to compete. Samsung has their own media sales portals but they're not nearly as competitive, so they have to hope that you'll be wowed by the quality of their hardware, and software. We'll see how well they compare when we get them in.