Hot on the heels of the Amazon Kindle Fire, Samsung today announced its own 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
The 7.0 Plus is the latest member of the large and growing Galaxy Tab family, joining the 7.7, 8.9 and 10.1. The 10.1 is the only one of these already on sale in the UK, we have already fully lab tested it.
To see how one of the iPad’s main rivals performed, check out our full review.
Although no price has yet been announced for the 7.0 Plus, we expect it to be considerably cheaper than the 7.7. Here are the headline spec differences.
Size: The 7.0 Plus has a smaller screen than the 7.7, yet at 345 grams it’s a whisker heavier and over 2mm thicker at 9.96mm.
Screen: The 7.7 boasts a Super AMOLED screen, usually meaning fantastic, vivid colours. The 7.0 makes do with a bog-standard LCD screen.
Battery: A 5,100 mAH battery powers the 7.7, and claims to offer up to 10 hours of battery life. The 7.0 Plus has a lower capacity, 4,000 mAH battery.
Processor: The 7.0 Plus has a pretty nippy 1.2GHz dual-core processor, but the 7.7 is even faster with 1.4GHz.
Just like the 7.7, the 7.0 Plus will run on Android 3.2. Overlaid on this is Samsung’s own TouchWiz interface and Hubs – convenient areas for storing and creating content, be it music, ebooks, social network site updates or other.
There will be a choice of 16GB or 32GB versions, with the potential of micro SD card expansion to boost that to 64GB.
There are several other interesting 7-inch tablets around, not least the BlackBerry PlayBook and HTC Flyer, but we think that 7.0 Plus’ biggest rival could be the new Amazon Kindle Fire announced yesterday. On the face of it, the Samsung’s spec is more impressive, but the Kindle Fire’s low selling price could give it the edge.
We expect the 7.0 Plus to be available before Christmas, and look forward to testing it at our lab.