Samsung debuts Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Note

Samsung debuts Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Note

Summary: Samsung has added a 7.7-inch model to its Galaxy Tab line, which now comes in five sizes, and unveiled the Galaxy Note, a stylus-equipped device somewhere between a phone and a tablet

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 launch

    Samsung has added a 7.7-inch version to its Galaxy Tab range, alongside a new hybrid phone and tablet device, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note.

    The Korean manufacturer introduced the Android-based devices at the IFA trade show in Berlin on Thursday. The new model makes a total of five tablets in the Galaxy Tab line-up. By contrast, most rival manufacturers offer just one or two variants.

    "It seems to me that Samsung is going back to a technique it used in mobile phones a few years ago, when it would bring devices to market more as a showcase than to exploit a real market opportunity," Carolina Milanesi, a mobile device analyst at Gartner, told ZDNet UK.

    "[It's] almost like an intimidation technique against competitors, like the military parades some governments have to make sure the rest of the world is conscious of their power," she added.

    Samsung is caught up in a legal battle with iPad-maker Apple, which has launched patent suits aimed at preventing the Galaxy Tab from being sold in Europe and Australia.

    Photo credit: Samsung

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 front

    In the 7.89mm-wide Galaxy Tab 7.7, the company has used a Super Amoled Plus display, a better screen than in its 7-inch version. This allows for a wider range of colours with greater separation between light and dark, creating more vivid images, according to Samsung.

    "The Galaxy Tab 7.7's ultra-thin design and enhanced screen technology using Super Amoled Plus are key differentiators in the tablet marketplace," Simon Stanford, managing director of Samsung UK's mobile unit, said in a statement.

    The device is powered by Google's Android Honeycomb, version 3.2, overlaid with Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz user interface.

    "The TouchWiz UX includes a 'Mini Apps' tray of commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player, which can be launched while other major applications are already in use. The clipboard feature allows users to copy and paste texts and images," the company said.

    Photo credit: Samsung

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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