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Samsung Stokes 7-inch Tablet War with Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

The battle to dominate the 7-inch tablet form factor got hotter with Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 7 Plus Android offering.

Just two days after Amazon made waves announcing its new 7-inch tablet at a $199, Samsung wants to douse the Kindle Fire with a reloaded 7-inch Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. It's not likely Samsung will be able to compete on price - given the beefy specs on this tab - but it will be on speeds and feeds. Friday's announcement by Samsung doesn't mention price.

The Specs

For starters there's a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor running Android Honeycomb 3.2, front and rear cameras shooting 2 megapixels and 3 megapixels, respectively, and HSPA+ connectivity. Samsung is pitching the "enhanced portability" of this Galaxy Tab hard, with its thinner and lighter body, measuring 9.96mm wide and weighing in at 345g.

Other specs include 1 GB of RAM, the familiar 16GB and 32 GB storage options, 1024 x 600 resolution, HD video recording and playback up to 1080p, with the Samsung TouchWiz interface over top of it all.

Stoking the Tablet War Fires

While the timing could be a coincidence, coming just two days after the Amazon announcement, it feels like part of Samsung's notion is to revamp its 7-incher and show off all the bells and whistles that are missing in the Kindle Fire.

Samsung says the tablet will be available starting in Indonesia and Austria in late October and gradually rolled out globally including the US and Europe.

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