The true follow-up to last year’s original Galaxy Tab is now shipping. With the same 7-inch 1024 x 600 screen, the 7.0 Plus is the first of the second generation Galaxy Tabs that keep the form factor. The similarities end there though; the CPU is now a 1.2Ghz dual core, up from 1Ghz single core. It has 1GB RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 3.0, an IR transmitter for using as a remote control, and most importantly: Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Camera wise, it has a 3 mega pixel one in the back and a 2 mega pixel one in the front.
In a nutshell, this is an entirely different beast than the original, but very close to the other Tabs in specs. That line of products now includes 7, 7.7, 8.9, and 10.1″ Honeycomb tablets. I’ll actually be picking up one of these myself, as I’ve been meaning to get an Android tablet for some time but have wanted to wait until one comes along that is enough different from my iPad in terms of size to make sense. A 3G/GPS version should also pop up soon, though this isn’t it.
The Tab 7.0 Plus is shipping now from Amazon in the US, starting at $400 for 16GB. It’s also starting to pop up in other countries, though without a date or price as far as I’ve seen.[Engadget]