Samsung who are currently defending Apple patent claims in the Federal Court for their 10.1″ OZ version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is tipped to be close to launching a new 7″ Galaxy Tab model prior to Xmas.The Samsung 7″ Galaxy Tab which was originally launched in November 2010 in Australia will be replaced with a new Android Honeycomb 3.2 OS version,which is slimmer and lighter than the prior model.
The new version will have a dual-core 1.2GHz processor which is up from the single-core 1GHz processor in the current model.
Also added is Honeycomb 3.2 which replaces the Android 2.2 (Froyo) smartphone OS. The weight of the device has also fallen to 0.34 kilo while the width drops from 1.2 cm to 1 cm.
The 7.0 Plus adds multiple Wi-Fi upgrades, including Wi-Fi 802.11a, Wi-Fi Direct, and Wi-Fi channel bonding, which accelerates Wi-Fi speed.
TWICE Magazine said that the tablet will be available with either 16GB or 32GB of embedded memory with 64GB MicroSD card slot. Carriers Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are tipped to offer the new device along with selected mass retailers.
Another new feature is Samsung Kies Air technology, which enables a Wi-Fi connection to a PC or Mac without a preloaded application to synchronise phone content, view and manage such content as contacts from the PC, and send SMS messages from the PC.
The main camera still offers 3.2-megapixel resolution, but the front-facing camera for video chat goes to 2-megapixels from 1.2.
Screen resolution remains at 1024×600 WSVGA, but the LCD screen used PLS rather than TFT technology for greater clarity and sharpness.
In another change, the company said 7.0 features voice and video call support with no need for a headset. However, although the current 7-inch Tab was launched with ability to place cellular voice calls through a Bluetooth headset, that feature was not turned on in U.S. carrier versions.
Other features include 720p video recording, 1080p video storage, enterprise solutions, USB 2.0 Host, and like before, 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery.
Many of the new 7.0 Plus features are already available on the Tab 8.9 and 10.1, including access to Samsung content Hubs.