Samsung Mobile announced late last week the official release date of its newly improved tablet–the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus–with Peel Smart Remote app integrated in its system.

The 16-GB tablet (Wi-Fi only) will be available through Amazon, Best Buy, Tiger Direct, Fry’s, and other retail partners starting on November 13 for US$399.99. Pre-orders began on October 23 from selected partners.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus sports mostly the same specs as its slightly larger sibling, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, while bearing some of the latter tablet’s key features.

The upcoming tab will sport a smaller 7.0-inch TFT screen–not Super AMOLED–with a lower resolution of 1024×600. Samsung vows that the device will still play high-quality videos and carry a variety of codecs that support a number of video formats.

Also packed into the tablet are Android 3.2 Honeycomb (the Galaxy Tab 7.7 only had Android 2.2 Froyo), a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor, and 1 GB of RAM.

There will be 16-GB and 32-GB variants of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Either variant will have a microSD card slot which supports up to 64 GB of expanded memory.

Samsung also included its TouchWiz interface featuring new resizable widgets and a sticky tray.

Another key feature of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is its Peel app integrated in its system. You can seamlessly watch your favorite TV shows right on the tab without requiring additional cables and hardware.

The app also makes the tab–with its built-in infrared (IR) remote functionality–a remote control, giving you control over your home entertainment system’s components such as TV, DVD, AV system, and Blu-ray player–regardless of their respective manufacturers.

Anyone fancy the “plus” features of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy tablet?  Or are you going for a smaller tablet with phone capabilities (i.e., the Samsung Galaxy Note)?

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