Samsung unveils 7.7in Tab and 5.3in smartphone
By Sasha Muller
Posted on 1 Sep 2011 at 13:09
Samsung has taken the wraps off two additions to its mobile range - the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the 5.3in Galaxy Note smartphone.
The company announced the gadgets at the IFA 2011 event in Germany at a time when manufacturers are trying to find the ideal form factor for mobile communications.
The two devices released are a smaller-than-average tablet and a larger than average phone.
Packing a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and Google's Android 3.2 operating system into a chassis which measure just 7.89mm thick, Samsung says the Galaxy Tab 7.7 weighs in at only 335g and is capable of fitting in a jacket pocket.
It's also the first in Samsung's tablet range to have a 1,280 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display, the same technology used in the company's award-winning Galaxy SII smartphone.
Samsung's own TouchWiz UX interface makes it possible to customise the home screen with photographs, websites and social network feeds, and also provides an application tray of commonly used features, such as a task manager, calendar and music player.
The company said it would overcome potential screen size problems by using Google's compatibility zoom mode (a standard feature in Android 3.2) that helps optimise applications designed to run on larger tablet screen sizes, so that they can fill the screen without distortion.
The specification also includes 2-megapixel front-facing and 3-megapixel rear-facing cameras, dual-band WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and up to 64GB of internal flash memory.
Samsung Galaxy Note
Like its bigger brother, the Galaxy Note also utilises a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, but it relies on smartphone favourite Android 2.3, displayed on a huge 5.3in Super AMOLED display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution.
At 9.65mm thick, the Galaxy Note is a business focussed handset, combining traditional touch-input with Samsung's new S Pen, enabling drawings and hand-written notes to be scrawled onscreen.
The 16GB or 32GB of internal memory can be supplemented with microSD cards of up to 32GB alongside GPS, 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0.
There's no word on pricing or availability for either model as yet, but keep an eye on PC Pro's blogs for first looks coming up later today.
...how long before Apple try to get them banned?
By fingerbob69 on 1 Sep 2011
Surely Samsung could point to Steve Jobs' disparaging comments of smartphones larger than 3.5" http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/16/jobs-no-ones-go
ing-to-buy-a-big-phone/ and tablets smaller than 10" http://www.switched.com/2010/10/19/steve-jobs-7-in
ch-tablets-are-too-small/ (i.e. that Apple would never make such devices as there were no need for them) as part of thde defence for its Galaxy products which do not conform to those dimensions and therefore cannot possibly be 'pretending' to be Apple devices?
By bioreit on 1 Sep 2011
5.3 is a nice size for a device for taking notes and to be levelled between a smartphone and tablet - I quite like it.
But heck I'm so in love with the Toshiba AT200 I was hoping there would be a decent unbiased review of it here.
By nicomo on 1 Sep 2011
I was hoping there would be a decent unbiased review of it here
nicomo, whatever can you be implying by that? ;-)
By Lacrobat on 2 Sep 2011
Was on Engdget and just saw a Samsung flash ad for the Note - can clearly see the green Phone symbol in the bottom left of the Home Screen. Now whether that's just lazy design and they've reused artwork from their phones or it does have phone functionality, I couldn't say, but at least there's hope.
By bioreit on 2 Sep 2011
Sorry - replied to the wrong person on the wrong thread!
By bioreit on 2 Sep 2011
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