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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

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This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Introduction:

Last year was a very interesting one for technology, as it saw the birth of the tablet computer... at least as we know it today. Apple once again took the mobile world by surprise by unveiling its iPad, which quickly managed to transform itself from a “gigantic iPod”, to the latest craze, proving that tablets have a significant spot in the present and future of consumer computing. Naturally, everyone else followed suit and started work on their own tablet solutions. Samsung was among the first ones to deliver a product to the market, in the form of its Galaxy Tab. However, the 7” slate was never really considered a true opponent to the iPad. Aside from its smaller form-factor, what actually left it uncompetitive was its software platform. It was near the end of 2010, and Honeycomb wasn't quite finished yet. Thus, the Galaxy Tab ran Froyo – a fact, which, for the most part, wrote its unfortunate destiny.

Now we're deep in 2011, a Honeycomb tablet is spawning every now and then, and we're really beginning to see the first worthwhile, non-iPad offerings hit the shelves. Among the most noticeable ones are the new additions to Samsung's Galaxy Tab line, which includes the 8.9, 10.1, and most recently, the 7.7. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 can be purchased right now, while we've already played with a prototype version of the 8.9, but what should we expect from the 7.7? The device got announced just recently at IFA, and fortunately, Samsung was quick to bless us with an unfinished unit of those as well, so that's what we'll be looking at here.

Armed with a slightly bigger, 7.7” screen, and more importantly, with a “true” tablet-optimized OS, will the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 successfully take the place of Samsung's debut tablet, and aspire it to new heights?


Design:

Samsung has done a terrific job with the design of the Galaxy Tab 7.7. It's way better than the OG Galaxy Tab, and even than the 10.1 and 8.9, which are all-plastic. In comparison, the Tab 7.7 has a stylish metal back cover, which, for the first time in a Samsung tablet, provides for a more classy feel. Not only that, but the 7.7 is also noticeably thinner than the iPad 2, and Galaxy Tab 10.1/8.9, at just 0.31” (7.89mm).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7's design is way better than the one of the original - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7's design is way better than the one of the original - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7's design is way better than the one of the original - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7's design is way better than the one of the original


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

Obviously, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be targeted towards consumers who want a smaller and lighter tablet, which they can bring anywhere with ease. Since it's only marginally bigger than the original Tab, the 7.7 is still quite easy to pick up and go, while it's actually even better in the weight department, at only 11.82 oz (335 g), versus the original Tab's 13.40 oz (380 g).

The 7.7 is noticeably thinner than the iPad 2, and Galaxy Tab 10.1/8.9, at just 0.31 inches (7.89mm) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

The 7.7 is noticeably thinner than the iPad 2, and Galaxy Tab 10.1/8.9, at just 0.31 inches (7.89mm)


The screen is where it gets interesting with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, as it makes the jump to using a Super AMOLED Plus display, instead of the traditional LCD. This is a first for a tablet, so it is inevitable for us to ask ourselves if this is a major step forwards in development of screen technology. Well, for the most part – it is. The AMOLED screen makes the experience of viewing pictures and video much more enjoyable, as it presents the user with incredibly deep contrasts, and lots of lively colors. It's indeed somewhat as if images come to life with such a big AMOLED screen. As you can imagine, colors are a bit colder on the AMOLED display, compared to a high-quality IPS-LCD for example, which manages to output a more natural balance, but this isn't really a big downer, as the difference isn't that big.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7's display sports a resolution of 800x1280, which is great for this screen size, making even smaller text and other details appear crisp.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 uses a Super AMOLED Plus display - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 uses a Super AMOLED Plus display - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 uses a Super AMOLED Plus display


Since this is a Honeycomb device, controls like “home”, “back” and so on are on-screen commands, instead of dedicated keys below the display. An interesting feature here is the infrared port on the right side of the tablet. We don't imagine that too many users will go crazy over it though.

Left side with microSD card slot - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Right side with volume rocker and lock/unlock button - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Top side with 3.5 mm jack - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
Bottom with proprietary port and speakers - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

Left side with microSD card slot

Right side with volume rocker and lock/unlock button

Top side with 3.5 mm jack

Bottom with proprietary port and speakers


Overall, we're quite happy with the direction Samsung is taking things with the Galaxy Tab 7.7, in regards to build quality. With a brushed metal finish to the back and an extremely thin profile, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 takes the “amateurish” design of the OG Galaxy Tab and transforms it into a mature, classy product.

The back of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview
The back of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Preview

The back of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7



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posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:18 8

1. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Want.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:24 3

2. 1stPrimeSuspect (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


When will these tablets become phone enabled? No you will not hold it up to your ear but you could voice dial with a Bluetooth Headset. I beleive as many of my friends do that this is next step in one device for everything.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:32 1

3. JWILL (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


I agree... I would love to use this as a phone with bluetooth. That would be so much better than using 2 or 3 devices. I guess you could just get a Skype account. Are they going to have a wifi only Galaxy Tab 7.7? If so, I will consider buying that instead of the iPad 2.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 13:17

28. Randy (unregistered)


Just use Skype with a bluetooth. I do it on my Xoom!

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 11:07

39. Rajat Sareen (unregistered)


how much it cost for skype credit in india?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:46

4. danman7200 (unregistered)


you mentioned tegra2!!!! i surely hope you got that wrong as I was under the impression this was using exynos processor. i will not buy it if is has that POS tegra2 inside it.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 14:52

20. Crusadion (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)


What do you have against Tegra?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 10:47

5. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Why is there a ''Nokia world event'' on one of the screen captures. lol

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 04:55

18. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


MAybe Nokia is launchig it's first WP7 soon at the event ?

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 11:54 6

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3766; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wow the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the sexiest 7" tablet ever. I can't wait until this comes out. I want a Wi-Fi version for my wife. It's perfect for her. She is in the market for a smaller tablet & this is clearly the winner. I can't wait until it's released. This is a sick little tablet.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:16

19. A Woman! (unregistered)


How ignorant of you!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 14:02

7. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Can we make calls using this tab? Please suggest

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 17:18

8. pyrothrax (unregistered)


Actually from where I live... This Tablet has voice capabilities (the whole 9 yards)... and we also do Video Conferencing on it thru the provider....no hitches.... really fast too.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 17:20

9. pyrothrax (unregistered)


oh... I forgot to mention that we can use bluetooth for voice calling from where I live for the Galaxy Tab 7.7.... really nifty...

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 15:21 1

11. Ananymous (unregistered)


why dont you keep the screen size the same as the first galaxy?
why did you take out the SIM slot?

you shot your self in the foot, this is your big advantage over other competitors.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:00

14. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


The proprietary port has me very disappointed.

It's enough of a problem to make myself wait for something better later on.

Too bad.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 21:23 1

15. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I hope that Samsung will give their future smartphones the same premium materials instead of black plastic all the time. Tablet is looking good.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 22:26

16. jhonny relax (unregistered)


by the time 7.7 comes out for sale, the other competitor will be having a better tablet.. and we will think twice to buy 7.7..

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 00:54

17. Gadget Hunter (unregistered)


Good Job ! Samsung....... This is going to be killer. I have compare all other make of 7", 8.9 Tablet, this will be the one that i want. Good proportion screen size, if you compare to P...B, Opt...s, Fly..r, Vie...P 7x, Ico..a, G-...t, Med..P.D, Del...K 7, Tab 7.7 is a winner in every field. Please get it to the market fast......will be as HOT as IP2... When will it hit Asia market?

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 06:45

21. notech (unregistered)


did you know that there have appeared malignant tumours in users heads that are the same shape as bluetooth head set pieces?
50% increase in testicular cancer in the past 10 years?

what are the EMR levels on these radiation gadgets?

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 07:58

22. losuvno123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


nice
I hope that Samsung will give their future smartphones the same premium materials instead of black plastic all the time. Tablet is looking good.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 01:38

23. Awood (unregistered)


The Samsung Tab 7.7 is brilliant! I want to buy it. It's way better, faster, brighter and lighter than iPad. Shame on Apple for suppressing this great competitor's product everywhere. Apple loses me forever for its high-handedness! Does anyone know when the Samsung Tab 7.7 will be available in Asia?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 01:41

24. Awood (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Sep 2011)


The Samsung Tab 7.7 is brilliant! I want to buy it. It's way better, faster, brighter and lighter than iPad. Shame on Apple for suppressing this great competitor's product everywhere. Apple loses me forever for its high-handedness! Does anyone know when the Samsung Tab 7.7 will be available in Asia?

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 12:23

25. dacastrator (unregistered)


Here in asia, galaxy tabs of what ever model are also phones, they have sim card slots. You will be able to connect to the internet via 3G, able to texts and call (with a wired headset or bluetooth).

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:42

27. pavlik (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


oh i want it so much .can anyone buy me one?!

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 00:06

36. Munk (unregistered)


I use my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" for phone calls on the T-Mobile USA network every day. Through a modem swap hack, I can use voice + 2G or swap into 3G mode without voice. My question is why do USA carriers block these functions when in Europe you can do both without issue?

I would love to purchase this new 7.7" Galaxy Tab if it had the SIM slot for phone capabilities. Even with the crippling need to swap modem drivers (2G/3G) I still find the current Galaxy Tab 7" the most useful phone I have ever seen or used. It also slips into all of my pants pockets without problem. I cannot even look at a dinky 3.5" screen anymore without wanting to get sick from how tiny it is.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 10:20

37. Matt (unregistered)


No doubt this is the one that most people are expect to replaced its successor but will it have a same cellular function as the 7.0 offer?

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 08:35

38. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The only tablet that has me drooling. Want.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 09:54

41. dr.jimmy (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


who knows when this 7.7 tablet will launch

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 22:31

42. jackyii (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


Who know when will it be available in malaysian market?? i've been waitting for this...

posted on 18 Nov 2011, 08:47

43. blacksubang (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


I REALY NEED SOME HELP HERE...
DOES THE TAB 7.7 HAVE THE SIM CARD SLOT THAT CAN BE USE FOR VOICE CALL CONNECTION? AS I KNOW IT IS ONLY FOR DATA CONNECTION....PLZ HELP ME!!!!!!!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 01:21

44. donnh21 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


i already have it and it is truly amazing tab ever super speedy processor make me feel im holding awesome power in my hand, and the graphics your eyes will popup features an impressive AMOLED screen with an incredible contrast ratio thanks to the super amoled display i enjoyed somuch for this gadget, and also thanks to samsung im free for that jailed apple ios and terreble junk free ios useless crap, im planing to sell my ipad, i think i found the best that im looking for.

ps. pls. have abailable update from honeycomb to icecream sandwich, thanks...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

OS: Android 4.0.4 3.2
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Display7.7 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (196 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1400 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size7.74 x 5.24 x 0.31 inches
(196.7 x 133 x 7.89 mm)
11.82 oz  (335 g)

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