The official word for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has now been issued by Verizon in a press release today with retail sale starting on Thursday, March 1st. Pricing for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be $499.99 with the usual 2 year contract with Verizon Wireless. It will require the expected data plans to accompany the contract which start at 2 GB for $30 per month, 5 GB for $50 per month and 10 GB for $80 per month.
This will be running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network which is in the process of being built out around the US. Verizon is providing the largest 4G LTE network as they have been rolling it out in advance of other wireless carriers and are covering 196 markets in the US currently and continuing to expand. The arrival of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 adds to their line up of tablets and this one has been a while in coming as it was first announced as coming to Verizon during CES. It was expected to show up in early February, but obviously did not make that time frame.
From the press release, Verizon is talking about the features, but the tablet is not including Ice Cream Sandwich which is the latest OS version from Google. We can expect to see the Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in Q2 with Samsung providing that update.
- 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (1280×800)
- Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb – supports Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™ with video chat, Google Search™, Google Maps™, as well as access to Google Books™, movie rentals and more than 400,000 apps on Android Market™
- 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full 720p recording and 1080p playback (1080p playback through HDMI dock or adapter)
- Front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat
- 16 GB on-board storage (actual formatted capacity is less)
- Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ card