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Samsung Intros 7-Inch Tablet; Makes Apple An Offer

Besides launching the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Samsung also offered a secret proposal to settle Australian patent suits with Apple.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
With Friday's introduction of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Samsung now has tablets that include 7.0-, 7.7-, 8.9-, and 10.1-inch displays. That's quite a spread of tablets.

The Tab 7.0 Plus is a refresh of last year's Tab 7. It is thinner, lighter, and faster than the original, at 9.96 mm, 0.76 pounds, and powered by a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor, respectively. The 7-inch display rates WSVGA resolution with 1024 x 600 pixels. It runs the latest version of Android 3.2 Honeycomb (last year's model ran Android 2.2 at launch).

The Tab 7.0 Plus connects to the Internet via HSPA+ at 21 Mbps or Wi-Fi. The initial version of the Tab 7.0 Plus doesn't include HSPA+ support for North American 3G networks, but Samsung will fine tune a version for the United States later this year. Other specs include Bluetooth 3.0+HS and Wi-Fi Direct; accelerometer, gyro, digital compass, ambient light, and proximity sensors; 3-megapixel main camera with 720p HD video capture and a 2-megapixel user-facing camera for video chats; and either 16 or 32 GB of internal memory, with support for microSD cards for up to an additional 32 GB of storage.

[Samsung is calling in the big dogs to bolster support to fight Apple's patent suits. See Samsung, Microsoft Ink Patent Deal.]

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will be released in Asian and European markets first, followed by the U.S., Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan, and China.

In other Samsung tablet news, the company offered a settlement proposal to Apple in Australia Friday, in a bid to end the Galaxy Tab-related litigation the two companies are ensnared in the Land Down Under.

Samsung has agreed to remove two features that allegedly infringed on Apple's patents from the Galaxy Tab 10.1, leaving only one patent still in question. This patent is related to touchscreen display technology.

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