Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Launch
2 Sep 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+
The first tablet launched to the market was, without doubt, a real success due to multiple factors. The first one of them was related to the introduction of a “change” in the market by being a useful, unique, and very innovative product. The second factor was certainly associated with the company that introduced it, since everything coming from Cupertino seems to have assured success (of course, we are talking about Apple). Also, another factor is the great novelty of having a small computer in our hands and, lastly but not least, it’s important to remember that the iPad had little competition in its early days; in fact, while the competition is greater and challenging today, the iPad is still considered the undisputed king of the tablet market. However, Samsung is working hard to be the most important Apple challenger in this segment with its Galaxy Tab family, which now has a new member: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, a launch that maybe is not easy to understand for some people due to slight differences with the tiny Galaxy Tab 7.0.
The IFA 2011 event starts today (September 2, 2011) but we already have seen some launches before the official inauguration (you can see them here). This way, Samsung was one of the first brands showing new gadgets and, as many were expecting, this company launched its new Galaxy Tab 7.7 which is not a “large” tablet… and actually it seems more like a hybrid between a tablet and a smartphone since it has a really small screen compared with the 10-inch tablets, but it’s bigger than any smartphone out there (actually it’s bigger than the Galaxy Tab 7.0). Yeah… 7.7 inches is not a conventional size.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED screen and a very powerful 1.4GHz Dual-Core processor. The resolution is another thing that catches the attention: It is 1280 x 800 pixels (WXGA – Wide eXtended Graphics Array) which is the same as the 10-inch tablets. Besides that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes equipped with the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system and the famous TouchWiz interface that is also used in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 model. So, apparently, Samsung is really happy and satisfied with the technology of its products in the tablet market.
One cool and useful feature for many users is that this new Samsung tablet will be able to play Full HD (as known as 1080) videos. In addition, it can work with DivX codecs and offers Universal Remote Control functionality that allow users to transform the tablet into a controller for entertainment appliances like TVs, DVD players, and Blu-Ray players, among others. Another big improvement compared to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 is the RAM memory (1 GB); and, of course, the internal memory (up to 64GB) can be increased by using a slot that supports the always useful microSD memory cards, so you can have up to 32GB of additional storage space.
Other additional features of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 include a rear 3-megapixel camera with auto focus capability and a front 2-megapixel camera for video calls. Besides, it has support for 3G HSPA+ connectivity (High Speed Packet Access), so this Samsung tablet will be able to make voice and/or video calls without any type of frustration. As for the measurements, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is really light and according to the specs it weighs 335 grams (approximately 12 ounces), it has a thickness of only 7.89mm and its dimensions are 96.7 x 133 x 7.9 mm. So, this is a tiny computer, huh? Well, as said before, it looks like a big smartphone (or a pseudo-smartphone)… and since you can make calls with this, a question arises: Are those tiny tablets a sort of gadget for people who would prefer to have only a 2-in-1 device instead to carry two different things (a tablet and a phone) all the time? Probably not but, to be honest, for me it’s not easy to imagine why I would prefer to buy a small tablet (7” or 7.7”) instead of buying a smartphone or a “regular” 10-inch tablet. After all, the 10-inch tablets are bigger and, at the same time, they are still pocket-size computers, right?
To reinforce the fact that this a really really portable tablet, the battery has a capacity of 5.1 mAh which Samsung promises will last you for up to 10 hours (average) of video playback.
The South Korean company representatives have not announced pricing or a launch date for the public availability yet. So, we will have to wait. Also, we’ll see what happens with the legal issues between Samsung and Apple and their mutual accusations. Apparently, Samsung it not very willing to lay out its plans despite the allegations of Apple. 🙂
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