Samsung unveils 7-inch Android tablet, seeks market domination

by Kristen Nicole

Samsung is under fire from Apple, sending the iPad maker a proposal to end their patent dispute in Australia in hopes of selling their Android-based Galaxy Tab down under. But even as the Korean manufacturer defends its Android devices, it’s also made a licensing deal with Microsoft. Despite all the misgivings of creating Android devices for global distribution, Samsung pushes onward with a surprising tablet launch this morning.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus was unveiled today, delivering an Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet that comes with a 7-inch display and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Boasting 802.11n wireless support as well as HSPA+ compatibilities, the new tablet also comes in two sizes: 16GB or 32GB with a microSD slot to add more storage.

A week of high profile Android tablet launches

Samsung already revealed a 7.7-inch tablet earlier this month, shortly after the release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. And with an 8.9-inch option also available on the market, it’s curious that Samsung’s launching yet another tablet size. Perhaps it’s an effort to dominate the Android tablet market, which is approaching a point of inflection and is primed for a competitive holiday season leading into next year.

This week’s biggest news in the Android tablet sphere was the launch of the Kindle Fire, appealing to consumers with a budget-friendly price tag of just $199. While the Kindle Fire is more of a cloud-based media hub for Amazon’s market, downplaying its Android OS and bypassing Honeycomb all together, the Samsung Galaxy tablets thrive on Honeycomb, helping Google to establish a viable market around the tablet-specific OS. Amazon, after all, isn’t in the business of hardware.

As far as the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus goes, it will head to Indonesia and Austria at the end of October, will roll outs across Asia, Europe and the US in the following weeks. There’s no details on the price or retailer availability just yet, and it seems Samsung is initially avoiding trouble countries for the tablet’s launch as Apple has ongoing lawsuits against Samsung in Australia, Europe and the US.