Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus hands on and initial impressions
So we finally have it. The friendly Fed Ex guy just dropped off our review unit of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (If that’s not a mouthful, I don’t know what is). The 7.0 Plus is the eagerly awaited follow up to the original Samsung Tab which debuted last year, marking Samsung’ entry to the tablet market. Since then, the Korean outfit has launched a bevy tablets in various shapes and sizes. So in Samsung’s Galaxy of slates, is this particular model a shining a star or a black hole for your hard earned wad?
Out of the box, you will be greeted with a similar looking tablet to the original, with it’s 7-inch PLS LCD. However upon picking it up you will notice the device is significantly slimmer. The 7.0 Plus measures only 10 mm in thickness which is akin to the iPad 2. Samsung’s new 9-inch tablets are marginally slimmer but it the extra thickness definitely isn’t an issue. The tablet also weighs only 345g which makes it very light and very comfortable to hold and watch videos or read without giving your biceps a minor workout.
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus features a lot of new goodies internally and externally. On the inside the device is powered by Samsung’s new Exynos processor (or Cortex A9 SoC architecture) which clocks in at 1.2 GHz. This is on par with the multitude of Tegra 2 devices on the market. However, the Exynos chip boasts a 25% in processing power, better 3D performance and lower power consumption. In our limited hands on time the battery life on the device was definitely impressive, but in our upcoming full review we will put the device through its paces. In addition to the new chip, the 7.0 Plus has 1GB of RAM, a 5MP HD rear camera, 2MP front facing camera and the device comes in 16- and 32-GB variants.
Out of the box, the Tab runs the latest iteration of Android Honeycomb (3.2) but this is skinned with TouchWiz a custom UI that Samsung aficionados will be familiar with. Personally, I prefer the stock Android experience but Touch Wiz has been polished and isn’t really an issue if you are new to Android. The tablet was responsive and quick right out of the box but real world tests will prove its mettle in our upcoming full review.
Check out our hands on and initial impressions video to get a better feel for the device and read on for the full specification.
- Price: $400 ($500 for 32GB version)
- Availability: November 13th in stores (available now online)
- 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor with Mali 400MP GPU
- 7″ LCD display (1024×600 – 170DPI)
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage (approximately 12GB usable)
- microSD card slot
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Proprietary multi-pin USB connector
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb w/ Samsung TouchWiz UX overlay
- 4000mAh battery
- Infrared sensor for use with home entertainment systems and televisions
- 3MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
- Weight: 345g (12.17oz, or 0.76lbs)
- Thickness: 9.9mm (throughout)