Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has been thrust out into the spotlight, completing (for now) the Von Trapp-like Galaxy tablet family. It's the baby of the bunch, joining the - big breath - Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 and 7.7. But is choice liberating or crippling?
The Galaxy Tab series has gone back to its roots, the 7.0 Plus featuring the very same screen size as the tablet that began the series back in 2010. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus features an impressive spec list to complement its 1024x600 pixel 7in PLS screen.
It offers a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, 16/32GB internal storage, dual 2/3MP cameras and a slim frame. It's just 9.96mm thick, significantly skinnier than the 12mm of the 2010 Galaxy Tab 7-incher. It will come with Wi-Fi and 3G, although judging by the series's history, a Wi-Fi-only option may be on the cards.
It's not quite as snazzy as the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which offers a thinner bod and a Super AMOLED display (PLS ain't bad, mind), but it'll reportedly sell for just $199 in the US. A coincidence that the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire has just been announced? We think not.
The levee has broken, the big-name budget tablet tide is approaching and soon we'll all be ankle-deep in sweet budget tablet goo. And it sounds like the new wave of budget tablets is finally getting it right - using a tablet-focused OS, offering a high-quality screen and a processor with enough power to do Android Honeycomb justice.
We'll be back with UK pricing and release details as soon as they're available. But for now, what do you say? Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus or Amazon Kindle Fire?