Despite assertions by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs that 7-inch tablets, or rather, any tablets with a screen smaller than 10-inches, are DOA, the form factor is still pretty popular. Among others think BlackBerry PlayBook and Kindle Fire, and although the first one isn’t doing so well, the second one is expected to explode.
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Meanwhile, Samsung, which released the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab last year and more recently the legally-challenged Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, is set to return to its roots with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus.
The new device improves on the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab versions in a number of ways, perhaps most notably with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Android 3.2 (Honeycomb). The screen resolution is 1024 x 600, with a rear-facing 3MP camera and a front-facing 2MP camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Plus will sport 1GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, along with microSD capability (up to 64GB). It has the typical sensor support (Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital compass, Ambient Light, Proximity).
The device will Bluetooth 3.0, have USB host capability, wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz), include wi-fi Channel bonding and Wi-Fi Direct. The device supports HSPA+, meaning it won’t be available on Sprint or Verizon unless something changes.
It’s slimmed down some, although still thicker than an iPad 2 (8.8mm); the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus measure 193.65mm x 122.37mm x 9.96mm, and weighs 345g (0.76 pounds).
Indonesia and Austria will see the device first, at the end of October. Samsung said the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus will then be “gradually rolled” out globally, to Southeast and Southwest Asia, the U.S., Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China.
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus creates means that Samsung has line of uniquely similar tablets in sizes ranging from 10.1, 8.9, 7.7 and 7.0-inches.
The all-important price information was left out of the emailed press release, unfortunately, though we doubt it will match the Kindle Fire’s $199 price point, even with carrier subsidy.