Friday, September 30, 2011

Samsung Outs New 7" Tablet - Highlights Specs To Show What's Lacking In Amazon's Kindle Fire

Another mistake in the making as far as I'm concerned.  Samsung highlights the specs of its new 7" Android tablet that will make its round and be released later this year.

The new Samsung tablet, Tab 7 Plus, will sport dual-core 1.2 Ghz CPU, cameras, cellular connectivity, HD recording, and runs Honeycomb 3.2.  It appears the 7" screen will be the same as all the other 7" resolutions - 1024 x 600.

On paper, the T7P does have the Fire beat - Fire has a 800 Mhz dual-core chip (an older one), no cameras so no HD recording, Wi-Fi only connection and runs the mobile phone version of Android.

Now, the Fire costs $199.  Samsung has yet to tell us how much its 7" tablet will cost.  I figure it's probably the same as the current one.

Even so, Samsung had to bring out the specs for the tablet right now.  Chances are, it will not be able to compete on price.  Nor could it strip out the cameras and 3G antenna in an attempt to get the price as close to $199 as possible.

So Samsung is left to try to justify a likely higher priced Tab 7 Plus (worth it if it costs $300 and no more) because it has better specs than the Fire.  You cannot blame Samsung for that.

However, Amazon could have a better mass appeal, not because the Fire has a lower price but it also has a digital content library to rival that of Apple.

Other tablet makers will try to make the same argument that Samsung is making here.  They don't have any other choices.  It's why I think we'll see nicely equipped 7" Android tablets this fall for around $300.

Source:  Macworld UK.

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