Updated on February 19th, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus just got a price cut. Samsung Mobile Philippines has announced on its Facebook page that the 7-inch tablet is now priced at P19,990, down from its previous retail price of P23,990. That’s a discount of P4,000 which is quite huge by Philippine standards. You can see Samsung’s announcement here.
I have always thought that the 7-inch platform is perfect for my taste and my needs. It offers just the right amount of screen real estate, and yet it is also very portable compared to 10-inch tablets. At its original price, I found the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus a little on the expensive side. With the recent price cut, I am now seriously considering buying this tablet. It has good specs and it’s also well designed.
For the price of P19,900, you get this set of specs:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (GT-P6200) Specifications
- 7-inch PLS display with 1024×600 resolution
- Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb
- 1.2GHz Exynos 4210 Dual-Core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB or 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD
- 3MP rear camera
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 3G and HSPA+ with 21Mbps speed
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- GPS w/ aGPS support
- IR port
- 4000mAh Li-Ion battery
The 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor has gotten good reviews so in terms of performance, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus should deliver. This is way faster than the single-core CPU of the original Galaxy Tab, and even faster than the CPU on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1.
However – and this is a huge “however” – the iPad 2 with the lowest configuration has dropped its price to only P18,900. This is a very competitive price, so the iPad 2 should be a consideration if you are not decided on whether to get a 7-inch tablet or a 10-inch one. The iPad 2 still remains a good tablet despite the release of the new iPad (2012). I have a suspicion that Samsung slashed the price of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus because of the recent price cut on the iPad 2.
Whether you should get a Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus or an iPad 2 depends on the display size you are after. If you’re looking for a 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus should be a good choice. In fact, I might just get one.