The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet from Samsung has been released in other locations around the world, but not here in the US and yesterday there was an announcement that is changing that situation. Verizon and Samsung have announced that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be coming to Verizon Wireless to connect with their 4G LTE wireless network. This announcement was done at CES in Las Vegas though there were no specific dates as to when it would be released nor was their any mention of pricing related to the new tablet. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is joining other Galaxy Tab models on the market here in the US, such as the Galaxy Tab 10,1, 8.9 and 7. Verizon currently is carrying the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7. As with other Galaxy Tab tablets at Verizon, this one will require one of the tiered data plans at Verizon as there are no WiFi only Galaxy Tab tablets being offered. With the contract requirement, it does require those data plan costs and limitations.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will arrive with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), but we should expect to see Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) made available soon after this one is launched. ICS will make this one perform even better when it does arrive, though Samsung has not publicly commented on whether they will be porting it to this model. Running on a 1.4 Ghz dual core processor, this one is going to move swiftly to respond to all requests. It comes with 16 GB of flash memory and a MicroSD to add more memory.
One feature that is included in the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the ability to control your home entertainment units with the built in infrared port. The IR port is directed towards consumers and not those using this for business purposes. There is included software that assists in making the connections and controlling devices.
At 7.7 inches, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes in as one of the thinnest 4G LTE talbets at 7.9 mm wide which is under half an inch in thickness. With a weight of under 12 ounces, this one is going to be very easy to carry and work with, especially with the 1200 by 800 screen resolution which has been included using the Samsung Super AMOLED touch screen panel. In a review from PC World, there is an observation regarding the touch screen:
One thing I noticed immediately about the display is its barely-there air gap. It doesn’t appear to be bonded, as with the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, but it is noticeably smaller than on the Tab 7.0 Plus or the Galaxy Tab 8.9 or 10.1. That translates into clearer text, and less glare when reading.
That observation may well make this Galaxy Tab version more desirable than others that are available, but is really going to depend on the price that is presented. If they can keep the price down to around $200, it will do well at Verizon making it attractive to those who are also looking at the Kindle Fire. The tablet market looks like it is going to heat up more this year than last with all the announcements that are coming out.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with the expected front (3 megapixels) and rear cameras (2 megapixels), though the resolution on the cameras is low which could be due to the thin case size. It should not be a very long wait for the arrival at Verizon which could be by the end of the month. If the pricing is not aggressive on this one, it is going to have a tough battle to gain market share.