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Preview: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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Preview: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.

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Wait, another Galaxy Tab model from Samsung? With the Korean-based company releasing all sorts of Galaxy Tab tablets in a plethora of sizes, keeping “tabs” (snicker) of the entire line is starting to get tough. Nevertheless, the latest Samsung release still has one thing up its sleeve that differentiates it from such brethren as the Galaxy Tab 10.1. That would be a top notch display — a tall order given how displays for the Galaxy Tab line have actually been pretty good so far. Here’s a quick look at the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.

Tale of the tape: The Galaxy Tab 7.7 measures 196.7 millimeters or 7.7 inches wide and is 133 millimeters or 5.2 inches tall. Thickness is about 7.9 millimeters or a smidgen less than a third of an inch. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is also quite light. The tablet weighs in at 340 grams. That’s less than a pound — 0.75 pounds to be exact. Its size, thin profile and light weight makes the Galaxy Tab 7.7 one of the more portable tablets out there.

The brains: Running the the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a 1.4GHz dual-core processor backed by 1GB of RAM. In terms of software, the tablet uses Google’s Android operating system but eschews Android 4.0 in favor of the older 3.2 Honeycomb version. Not sure if the operating system will be upgradeable but if Samsung holds to past form, I wouldn’t hold my breath (and that comes from someone who loves his Samsung smartphone). Galaxy Tab 7.7’s version of Android is also skinned with Samsung’s Touchwiz UX interface, which can be good or bad, depending on your preference or lack thereof for stock Android.

Storage: Consumers can take their pick of three storage configurations: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 also comes with a microSD slot that can be used to boost storage by as much as 32GB.

Display: Just in case its name didn’t make it obvious enough, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with, um, a 7.7-inch touchscreen. The kicker, though, is the fact that it uses a Super AMOLED Plus WXGA display — the first tablet to do so, according to Samsung. Let’s just say it’s a really, really, really good display, especially for folks who like vivid colors and excellent black levels. Resolution is 1280 x 800 at 197 pixels per inch.

Wireless connectivity: Wireless options for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 comprise of HSPA +21, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi with dual-band 802.11 support and Bluetooth 3.0.

Hardware: The tablet features a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and conferencing and what have you. Bringing up the rear is a 3 megapixel auto focus camera with an LED flash. The rear camera is also capable of 720p high-definition video recording. The main port uses a 30-pin dock connector. The tablet also has a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and built-in dual speakers. Other features include a gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor and GPS.

Battery life: The Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with a built-in 5,100mAh battery. Battery life is rated at up to 10 hours for video and up to 50 hours for music. Battery life for voice (yes, you can do voice calls with the tablet) is up to 49 hours on 2G and 27 hours on 3G. Standby time is up to 1,500 hours on 2G and 1,200 hours on 3G.

Media formats: The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is capable of full HD video playback up to 1080p at 30 frames per second. Compatible video codecs are MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, and DivX. The device also comes with a Photo Editor app and Video Maker app. Audio formats supported are MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, and apt-X (BT codec).

Based on its specs alone, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 looks like another promising device from Samsung. Besides a host of solid features, the tablet’s biggest claim to fame is undoubtedly its Super AMOLED display. Samsung also made a joint announcement with Verizon wireless during CES 2012 that the tablet will be available through the wireless carrier as well for folks who want to use the device with Big Red’s LTE network. That comes with a contract commitment, however, so just keep that in mind.

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