08
Nov
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Earlier today, I received my review unit Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Samsung's latest addition to the Tab family of products. Now, you probably thought, upon hearing about this little device, "gee, this is just another scaled-down version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 - boring." But you thought wrong - very wrong.

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The Tab 7.0 Plus has a little hardware secret in its diminutive package, and that secret's name is Exynos. I noticed from the moment I powered it up that the 7.0 Plus was no ordinary Honeycomb device - home screen swiping was unusually graceful, even with Samsung's TouchWiz UX overlay. Menus were flung with ease, the browser - buttery smooth, even the Android Market and Gmail were moving along more quickly than I was accustomed to.

While I'm not the biggest advocate of benchmarking apps in the universe, with an unmodified piece of equipment, they can be a decent way of at least comparing on some level the hardware horsepower of a device. So, I fired up Quadrant for the first time in a great while, and the results confirmed my suspicions: the Tab 7.0 Plus is fast.

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Quadrant Score: 3703

If you go looking for stock Galaxy S II scores, you'll find they range anywhere from 2900-3300. For the Tab 10.1? You'll be lucky to break into the 2000's without some overclocking or custom ROM action. My first go with the 7.0 Plus yielded over 3700. After a few tries, I landed anywhere from 3600 to 3800. Keep in mind, this tablet runs on the same Exynos chipset as the Galaxy S II (excluding the T-Mobile version), and it adds in all the hardware-acceleration-enhanced goodness of Honeycomb - turbocharging Samsung's already blisteringly fast dual-core processor.

Aside from its speediness, I'm loving the 7.0 Plus's small form factor and light weight, and the display is just gorgeous. You'll be hearing more about the Tab 7.0 Plus in my full review, which will be available early next week.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • SparklingCyaNide

    dang, that Exynos Processor never fails to impress me.

  • http://wheeqo.web.id Bambang

    Is there CDMA version?

    • David Ruddock

      Not at present - this is a Wi-Fi only 16GB unit I have at the moment.

  • Aaron

    So when the SGSII gets ICS with hardware- acceleration... :D hehehehhehe

    • IamBeast

      The SGSII is already hardware accelerated.

  • http://twitter.com/jd092 jd092

    I can't wait to run quadrant on the Transformer Prime, it is going to be insane. Be interesting to see if the ICS quadrant is optimized for tablets as well as phones.

  • L boogie

    Can someone tell me why Samsung couldn't place this processor on the 10.1? No qualms about Tegra 2 just wondering...

    • nevetsg

      I believe that the original Honeycomb version could only run on Tegra 2. There was an update a couple of months ago to open it up to other processors.

    • Jon Garrett

      I feel the same way but if Sammy releases an updated 10.1 I'll just have to sell my current tablet and get the newest one.

  • James Jun

    A brilliant successor to a device that was just as brilliant.

    • RB

      Are you saying the original Galaxy Tab 7" was brilliant? I have a version of it in work and am trying to custom rom it because it lags so badly when running the browser.
      Google reader runs on it fine but the browser kills me

  • Tim Dinh

    I get a Quadrant score of 4579 right now with my SGS2 running CheckROM Revolution ROM and Darkknight Siyah kernel. CPU clock untweaked.

  • Ken Masters

    Is there any chance you could throw a 1080 HD MKV on there and tell us how it handles it?

  • http://n/a ABN6176

    Not bad at all. I have two original 7" G Tabs, but I may upgrade once price drop occurs along with ICS...

  • Akbar

    Tim is right latest 2.3.5 Gingerbread Stock Samsung Roms are easily pulling off 4200 in Quadrant

  • vcjcdm cks

    but ist only 1024x768...

  • IJ

    Impressive but the one I am still waiting for is the 7.7,much higher screen res with an AMOLED panel. Shame the informations on it seems to have dired up :(

  • jeremy

    Exynos is the best in the biz..... hands down. wow.

  • Freak4Dell

    Come on, Samsung...drop this to $300 and exploit the cheap b*stards like myself.

  • Namuna

    I WANT to get excited about all this love going on for the Exynos...But with the Tegra-3 going official and phones and tablets already on the radar to have it, I'm not thinking about how great these benches are but rather how much better they'll be when run by the new quads.
    Damned sad that when the duals are just starting to get traction, the rug is getting pulled from under them by the quads...Well, for anyone that's going to feel jaded by recently investing in a dual anyway.

    • IamBeast

      Even though the GPU is impressive in the Tegra 3, I'd like to see waht the dual-core S4 krait with it's 28nm chip can do, the OMAP4470 with it's two Cortex M3 cores and SGX544, and the overclocked Exynos 4212 can do. I really prefer dual-cores over quad cores.

  • http://www.jonathanharford.com/ Jonathan Harford

    Wow, that looks fast! When compared to...

    squints

    ...a Nexus One. What?

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