BERLIN: Samsung has added yet another form factor to its tablet range as the company seeks to attract business users by providing a wider range of high-performance devices.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7in is much more compact than its predecessor, but comes with high-end specifications typical of the Galaxy range.
The tablet has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and Super Amoled display with 1,280x800 resolution, and provides up to 10 hours of use on a single charge, the firm said.
Samsung will ship the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Android Honeycomb 3.2 and the company's TouchWiz user interface.
The tablet features HSPA+ connectivity, along with Wi-Fi Channel Bonding technology which Samsung claims merges two channels to improve network connections and double data transfer speeds.
The company has also retained support for voice and video calls, much like the original Galaxy Tab, making the Tab 7.7 a hybrid like the Galaxy Note, albeit with a bigger screen.
Buyers will get 16GB of storage as standard, and the tablet comes with a 3-megapixel rear camera and front-facing 2-megapixel camera.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 weighs 335g, making it 50g lighter than the original Galaxy Tab, and is also smaller. The 7.7in tablet is 7.89mm thick, compared to the Galaxy Tab's 12mm.
The chassis includes a micro SD card slot and the interesting addition of a remote control function. The tablet doubles as a Universal Remote Control to control a TV, set-top box, DVD, Blu-ray player and audio system. This makes it very similar to the Sony Tablet S also launched at IFA.
A Samsung spokesperson told V3 that the launch of the 7.7in model does not necessarily mean the death of the original 7in version, which may be refreshed.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9in is still expected to be released soon, providing another choice when it comes to screen size.
Prices and availability are yet to be confirmed, but the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is expected before the year is out, the spokesperson said.
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