Update: The Tab 7 Plus will be available for pre-order on October 23rd for a cool $399.

If there was one that the OG Galaxy Tab 7 had going for it, it was portability. Still, while the device was revolutionary for Android at the time, it was still little more than a glorified phone. Not willing to let a potentially good thing die, Sammy took it back to the lab, infused it with an operating system meant for tablets and a more powerful processor. What emerged was the Tab 7.0 Plus.

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The Tab 7.0 Plus is a pretty big step up from its predecessor, packing more modern hardware and data connectivity:

  • 7-inch 1024x600 PLS LCD
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (make and model not specified)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage with microSD slot
  • 3MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb with Touchwiz UX
  • HSPA+ 900/1900/2100 connectivity
  • Ultra-light and portable at just 345g and 9.96mm thin

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While no exact release date or price has been mentioned, the Tab 7 Plus will start rolling out in Indonesia and Austria at the end of October, with global availability, including Southeast and Southwest Asia, US, Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China coming soon after.

SEOUL, Korea – September 30, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, today announced the launch of the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus. Offering a portable, rich multimedia experience on a 7-inch display, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus packs power and productivity into a chic lightweight design. The GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus runs Google AndroidTM Honeycomb, enabling an easy and intuitive user experience.

“Samsung pioneered the seven-inch tablet market with the launch of the GALAXY Tab, marking an innovation milestone in the mobile industry. Building on the success of the GALAXY Tab, we’re now delighted to introduce the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus reloaded with enhanced portability, productivity and a richer multimedia experience” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. He added “GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is for those who want to stay productive and in touch with work, friends and content anytime, anywhere.”

Enhanced Portability

With 7-inch display, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus provides enhanced portability, weighing just 345g and measuring at just 9.96mm thin. Enhanced portability ensures that it fits easily into an inside-jacket pocket or a handbag, making it an ideal device for those who need to stay productive and entertained while on-the-move.

Advanced Productivity

GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus delivers a smooth and intuitive user experience with powerful performance powered by 1.2GHz dual core processor. Mini Apps allows seamless multitasking by consolidating 7 applications easily accessed from a bottom-side tray on main screen. Users can launch favorite features such as music player or calendar as pop-ups over full screen applications. Not only that, users can design an individualized up-to-the-minute interface through Live Panel.

Web browsing is also enhanced by Adobe Flash and super-fast HSPA+ connectivity, providing download speeds up to three times faster than a conventional HSPA connection. On top of that Wi-Fi Channel Bonding bonds two channels into one for improved network connection and data transfer at up to twice the speed.

Furthermore, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus offers voice and video call support, with no need for a headset.

Users can see friends and family from anywhere in the world in high quality thanks to the device’s larger screen.

Rich Multimedia on-the-move

Full HD videos can be enjoyed on the 7-inch WSVGA PLS display, with DivX & multi codec support ensuring the device is capable of supporting a variety of different formats. An improved virtual clipboard, which stores text and images enabling easy copy and paste, further adds to these capabilities.

Additionally, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus features Social Hub, Readers Hub and Music Hub services. Social Hub aggregates the user’s contacts, calendar and email along with instant messaging and social networking connections all within one easy-to-use interface. Readers Hub provides e-reading content such as e-books, newspapers and magazines. Music Hub enables access to over 13 million songs even when out and about.

GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus will be available starting in Indonesia and Austria from end-October and gradually rolled to globally including Southeast and Southwest Asia, US, Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China.

Samsung Expands U.S. Tablet Portfolio with Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Featuring Peel Smart Remote App Delivers Powerful “Discover, Tap and Watch” Home Entertainment Experience

DALLAS and SANTA CLARA, Calif.– October 21, 2011 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, and Samsung Electronics America today announced the upcoming availability of the  Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.0 Plus featuring Peel Smart Remote TV application. Peel allows users to instantly find and watch their favorite TV shows and discover new shows based on their preferences, all with the tap of a screen.

Offering a portable, rich multimedia experience on a 7-inch display, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus packs power and productivity into a chic lightweight design, weighing just 345g and measuring 9.96mm thin. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus runs Google AndroidTM Honeycomb platform, enabling an easy and intuitive user experience. In addition, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus delivers a smooth and intuitive user experience with powerful performance powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor.

Featuring built-in infrared capabilities, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus can control the user’s home theater/TV setup. The Peel integration on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus goes beyond the Peel application available for download today by no longer requiring additional hardware or cables for TV control functionality. Peel allows users to control any home entertainment system regardless of manufacturer. 

Peel displays personalized programming recommendations in an intuitive and content-driven graphical interface, completely eliminating the need to scroll through traditional channel-listing grids. The application’s home screen displays colorful thumbnail images of “Top Picks,” or favorite shows. Touch one of the thumbnails and the application displays what channel that show is on as well as a brief description of the episode that is playing. Simply tap “Watch On TV” and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will automatically change the channel to the selected program.

“The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus optimized with the innovative Peel application will enable users to connect seamlessly to view their favorite TV shows,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Our partnership with Peel further builds on Samsung’s convergence strategy to create enhanced user experiences.”

Peel combined with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus can control the entire home entertainment system, including the TV, set-top box, DVD, Blu-ray player and AV audio system. Peel will provide Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus users with a social aspect as well, connecting them directly to Facebook and Twitter to share what they are watching with their social networks.

“This partnership continues Peel’s vision of eliminating the barriers between you and your favorite shows,” said Greg Lindley, chief experience officer for Peel. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus – with its built in IR remote functionality – is a great platform for the Peel app and creates an ideal second screen experience for any TV lover.”

The 16GB Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will be available nationwide through Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Fry’s and other fine retailers starting November 13th for $399.99. Pre-orders will begin October 23rd with select partners.

Samsung’s relationship with Peel is part of Samsung’s overall commitment to convergence and the companies are working to integrate the Peel Smart Remote Application into future Samsung mobile devices.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Cody

    It's nice, but if I wanted a 7" Android I'd probably go with the Kindle Fire.

    10" is really the sweet spot for tablets where productivity is important. 7" is for avid readers who may want to do other stuff.

  • L boogie

    What about the galaxy tab 7.7 coming to the states, is that be sooner or much later? And what's the price point for their 7+ tabs?

  • Aeires

    7.7" super amoled + is what I'm looking for.

  • Optamizm

    What about Australia?

  • Optamizm

    and can it make calls like the original Galaxy Tab? Because I'm only going to upgrade from my original Galaxy Tab if it can...

    • lowerjames

      Depends if you live in Europe or not.

  • Christian

    This is what I've been waiting for. The right pocket size, but with double RAM. Multitasking is virtually impossible on the original Tab 7. I will buy one the minute it's in the shops

  • Matthias

    Indonesia and *Austria* ? Missing something there?

    • Biosfear

      I think he meant Australia :)

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    Amoled is nearly perfect, one of the reason to buy..

  • Sometimes specs mean nothing

    Will this be able to play full hd videos like the original Tab can or will it be crippled like current Honeycomb devices?

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    This seems cool. The old Galaxy Tab has nearly the same specification as my Galaxy S except for the size and LED flash.

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    Released when and how much for?

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    Releasing when and how much for?

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    Releasing when and how much for

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    Good news , great price by samsung .. price reduction of galaxy note and this in fair price . Great samsung :)

    • Bateluer

      Its about a 100 bucks too expensive. Needs to be much much cheaper or it won't move when placed next to the Kindle Fire.

  • Janette Scharenborg

    I dont know whats happening there by samsung, we were waiting for the new 7.7 which was to be released and now there is another coming the 7plus, cant understand this, and when will the 7.7 come out, or have they decided not to release that one????

  • kurt risserKurt Risser

    I have both originsl galtab 7 and sldo galtab7 plus. While the new tab is faster and lighter, there are a number of things that make it less useful than the older model. The home application on the new tab sucks. They removed support for folders, so you cannot organize your desktops. The Search and Menu buttons come and go without logic. The text on the screen is so tiny that it hurts the eyes, and there is no systemwide way to increase it. There is no composite video out, only HDMI. Identical versions if Amazon Kindle app are installed, but the display options offered by the new galtab are lacking features present on the older tab. The text selection functionality is very difficult to use. I wish I had Froyo on tuhe new tab, it is actally useful.
    I only hope that ICS addresses these flaws.