Heads up for tablet users out there: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will now be shipping to your favorite stores sooner than you might expect. Originally slated for a November 13 release date, Samsung might be too pleased with how the preorders were going as the device has now been made available at Amazon’s online store a week earlier for U.S. customers.

Samsung’s new tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, packs a much sleeker form factor and more power than its predecessor, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab (also a 7-inch tablet). Running on the latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the device comes equipped with a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor, a 7-inch WSVGA Super LCD touch screen, 1 GB RAM, a front-facing  camera, microSD card slot, IR Blaster, and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera that records videos in HD.

The tablet weighs 345 g. Along with great hardware the tablet also runs Samsung’s trademark user interface, Samsung TouchWiz, that offers a great interactive experience.

For the tech-savvy people who are looking for larger storage space, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus comes in two flavors–the 16-GB version that would roughly cost around US$400 and the more massive 32-GB version pegged at US$500.  Both versions sport the same specifications, so there’s nothing for you to worry about.

With the holiday season just around the corner, Samsung’s new tablet is in for a big showdown. Heavy-weight contenders such as the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nook 2 are priced lower than that of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. We’ll just have to wait and see if Samsung is kind enough to make price cuts.  Should or shouldn’t Samsung slash down the Tab 7.0 Plus’ price?

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.