Putting Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 in a separate category, there are two new generation Android tablets from the Korean company that have GSM Phone functionalities - that is, you can use them to send text messages and make calls; Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800 is the more expensive of the two while Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 shown below is the more affordable 'hybrid':
While P6800 dons a price tag of a whopping Php 32,990, P6200 only costs Php 23,990. Sure, compared to the former, the latter doesn't have a brilliant SuperAMOLED Plus display, has a slightly smaller battery and is hardly metal-clad, but it nevertheless has an SRP budget-conscious consumers will surely find attractive.
And I don't know about you but I think it's also quite physically attractive as well.
What I find cool about Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is that although it can't really go shoulder to shoulder with P6800 in the looks department, its technical specifications are nevertheless similar to that of its more expensive sibling. The two share the same still and video camera, number of ports, connectivity options, and amount of RAM. Heck, the two even have almost similar CPU.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 has been available in the Philippines since December 2011. I believe there are some authorized retailers that bundle freebies with the tablet like headsets or pouches so make sure you inquire about them.
To wrap this up in true TP fashion, here are the complete technical specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200:
|Name||Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Tablet with GSM Phone Functionality|
|Dimensions/Weight||193.7 x 122.4 x 9.9 mm, 345 grams|
|Available Colors||Black, White|
|Operating System||Android 3.2 HoneyComb (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich eventually)|
|Display||7.0 inches (~170 ppi pixel density), 600 x 1024 pixels, PLS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 Dual Core CPU Mali-400MP GPU Exynos 4210 Chipset|
|RAM/ROM||1 GB RAM|
|Camera||3.15 MegaPixels, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 2 MegaPixels front camera|
|Video Capture||HD 720p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0 USB Host support, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 |
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, with GSM phone functions
|Internal Storage||16/32 GB Versions|
|Sensors||Proximity, Compass, Gyroscope, Accelerometer|
|Battery and Uptime||Li-Ion 4000 mAh, Standby of up to 1000 hours|
|Value-Added Features||TouchWiz UX UI, SNS Integration, Google Services Suite|
|Announcement||In the Philippines: Officially showcased in Tab Lab Event, February 2012|
|Availability||Out since December 2011|
|Price||Official SRP: Php 23,990 for the 16 GB Version|