After a long needed update to the original 7″ Galaxy Tab, Samsung announces a revised version of their sleek tablet, with updates to both software and hardware.
The software of choice is Android Honeycomb, an operating system designed for a better tablet experience, including optimized applications such as Gmail which gives an iPad-esque view, allowing users to view both the message list and the selected email content. Android’s excellent WebKit browser is also implemented into Honeycomb, scaled up to take advantage of the vastly increased screen estate, and allow proper tabbed browsing on tablet devices.
Glancing over the hardware specifications, we see the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a dual-core, 1.2GHz processing chip paired with 1GB RAM will ensure a fast, fluid user experience, with little to no lag. A sharp WSVGA (1024 x 600) PLS LCD screen gives vivid colours with excellent sunlight visibility – always important when using a tablet outside the house or office. Samsung has also upgraded the cameras, upping the rear one to 3.2 megapixels with an LED flash and a 2 megapixel camera on the front of the device for high quality video calling. The rear camera can also shoot 720p high definition video at 30fps. A hefty 4000mAh battery will ensure the tablet can be used for many hours before needing to be returned to the included AC charger.
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus ships in several different varieties. There are separate WiFi and WiFi + 3G model, each containing either 16GB or 32GB of solid-state storage. Also supported is up to 64GB on a microSD card – potentially allowing just one device to contain 96GB of storage – a huge amount considering the tablets other competitors.
November 13th marks the release date for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with pre-orders starting today (October 23rd). The entry level model is set to cost just $399 which will get you WiFi connectivity and 16GB internal storage.