Samsung announces Galaxy Note & Galaxy Tab 7.7

At Samsung’s IFA event today, the company unveiled two new high-end products to contemplate their existing line-up of Android devices. The first is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, which like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 runs Honeycomb (Android 3.2 in this case with TouchWiz UX). As you would expect it packs a 7.7-inch 1280x800 Super AMOLED Plus display for vibrant colors and fantastic viewing angles.

Internally the device has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor (the Samsung Exynos chipset) along with 1 GB of RAM and the Mali-400MP GPU that powers the Galaxy S II. You get between 16 GB and 64 GB of internal storage coupled with a microSD card slot, 3 MP rear camera plus LED flash with a 2 MP front-facing, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n and a HSPA+ radio with GPS. The device is just 7.9mm thick and weighs in at 355g coupled with the 5,100 mAh battery (rated at 10 hours of use).

The Samsung Galaxy Note is the other device to come out of IFA today. It packs a sizeable 5.3-inch 800x1280 Super AMOLED display that will respond to an included pen/stylus known as the “S Pen” – hence the Note name. Like the Galaxy Tab 7.7 it packs a Samsung-made 1.4 GHz dual-core Exynos processor with 1 GB of RAM but comes with an 8 MP rear camera with flash capable of 1080p recording and a 2 MP front camera.

Other specs for this device, whether it’s a large smartphone or small tablet, include Bluetooth 3.0, HSPA+ radios with GPS and WiFi, microSD card slot, a nice and large 2,500 mAh battery plus a form factor that sees it at only 9.65mm thick. It will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, and thanks to the S Pen it will be able to use special apps designed for the device such as the Virtual Whiteboard and S Memo note-taking app. To make more use out of the pen, Samsung will also be releasing the S Pen SDK for developers.

Neither of these devices have definitive prices or release dates, but they are expected to be released before the end of the year.

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I have a 7 and its just too small. Firstly it would be nice if Asian market tablet makers stopped dumbing it down for us and releasing tablets listed in inches and release them in their production metric units used in asia and globally (except the USA). Secondly if i had a choice of tablets i would for something around 20 - 22cm. PS 10.1" is roughly 25cm.

Awesome. I've been waiting for a new 7" tablet. I have an iPad 2, but find the 10" form factor too big / awkward to hold.

Synomenon said,
Awesome. I've been waiting for a new 7" tablet. I have an iPad 2, but find the 10" form factor too big / awkward to hold.

Well there is also the older Galaxy Tab 7 and the HTC Flyer, and Acer recently release the Iconia A100 (really crappy battery life thought).

In my opinion a 7,7-inch tablet is way too small already, let alone 5,3-inch. I honestly don't know where this device would fit in. It's basically too big to fit in your pocket, but it doesn't really offer that much more screen estate compared to a 4-inch smartphone.

+/- 10 inch is perfect.

.Neo said,
+/- 10 inch is perfect.

10 = might as well use a netbook
7 = perfect size - screen estate is not really an issue with 1280x800 resolution unless you're blind

plasmo said,

10 = might as well use a netbook
7 = perfect size - screen estate is not really an issue with 1280x800 resolution unless you're blind

A netbook is bulkier, not to mention it uses a desktop OS I'm not interested in. With 7-inch at that resolution you end up increasing the text size which means you end up scrolling a lot regardless.

.Neo said,
In my opinion a 7,7-inch tablet is way too small already, let alone 5,3-inch. I honestly don't know where this device would fit in. It's basically too big to fit in your pocket, but it doesn't really offer that much more screen estate compared to a 4-inch smartphone.

+/- 10 inch is perfect.


Actually, as an owner if both an iPad and the old 7 inch Galaxy tab I can tell you there is definitely a place for both form factors.
7.7 though, that's an odd size, fells like it's a bit to big for a small tablet, the 7inch you can actually fit in a normal front pocket or a slightly wider than normal back pocket and you can hold it kind of the same like a phone (thumb on one side, index finger on the back the reaming three on the other side) good luck with that with 7.7 inches.

Honestly though, I'm more perplexed by the Note, maybe it's just me but I'd much rather take my notes on a 7inch which is close to a small notebook or a 10 inch which is almost paper sized, not on a 5,3 inch phone...

.Neo said,

A netbook is bulkier, not to mention it uses a desktop OS I'm not interested in. With 7-inch at that resolution you end up increasing the text size which means you end up scrolling a lot regardless.

Netbooks are a joke in my opinion. Plus you can't zoom in and move the screen around like you can so easily with a tablet.

Perfect device would be the 7.7 minus the phone parts and add on the stylus input and Windows 8 (OneNote).

Aside from that samsung have created very lust worthy devices (7.7" Super AMOLED+)