Samsung's latest (and smallest) addition to its Galaxy Tab line will land in the US on November 13th, according to a Samsung press release
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus keeps the form factor of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9, shaving off another couple of inches to bring it down to the seven-inch mark and into direct competition with BlackBerry's PlayBook and the upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. Under the hood it's packing the same hi-spec innards we'd expect from Samsung: a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 1080p video playback.
Launching another, smaller tablet is a bold move by Samsung, with its legal battles with Apple continuing to drag on around the world. Apple are currently fighting tooth and nail to get the Tab 7.0 Plus' bigger brother - the Galaxy Tab 10.1 - banned from sale altogether, with an Apple spokesperson slamming the device for "blatantly copying" Apple's iPad and iPhone designs.
So far Apple has scored a couple of major wins in the courtroom, serving up Samsung with injunctions preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany and in Australia. With the Galaxy Tabs 8.9 and 7.0 Plus outwardly just scaled down models of the Samsung flagship tablet, we'd expect Apple's lawyers to start hounding them as well in the near future.
Samsung will also be facing major competition from Amazon in the new year, when the online retailer launches its own tablet, the Kindle Fire. Priced at a breadline-low $200, the Kindle Fire offers Google's Android OS and the same 7-inch screen as the Samsung tablet, but at half the price - with Samsung confirming in their press release an RRP of $399.99 for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
There's no word yet as to when we can expect the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus to arrive in Blighty, but we'd be surprised if it was after the Kindle Fire launch (rumoured Q1 2012).