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
SoC 1.2 GHz Exynos 4210 SoC
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
Weight 345 g

 

Source: Samsung (Original Announcement)

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  • deV14nt - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    This is for people who want some chance in hell of ever getting Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Kindle Fire will likely never run anything other than Gingerbread 2.3, which isn't even a tablet OS--it's for smartphones This starts with Honeycomb 3.2 and I'd imagine would get 4.0 very soon.

    The 7.0" form-factor has some advantages over the larger sizes.People will choose the size they're more comfortable with. I'd imagine it's much more comfortable to use in bed, especially for typing. You can type in portrait more like you do with smartphones, with your thumbs. And without feeling like you're going to drop it. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple releases a 7" tablet at some point, well other than their seeming inability or unwillingness to create scalable interfaces in iOS. Okay, maybe they won't.
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  • deV14nt - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    I should clarify. If and when Google open-sources Ice Cream Sandwich 4.x (which will never happen for Honeycomb 3.x), then Amazon can begin customizing it for the Kindle Fire. Samsung already has Ice Cream Sandwich customized for at least smartphones, and possibly tablets too. It may be ready before the end of the year for this device.

    One thing that is guaranteed is that Amazon will tie the Chinese Android phone manufacturers and you and I for last to receive the ICS source code. That may be this year or it may be a year from now. It's up to Google. They can't be thrilled they don't get a cut of app sales or anything else from the Kindle Fire.
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