Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
Galaxy Tab logo.svg
Developer Samsung
First released February 2012
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Tab
Related Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy Note series
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
Type Tablet, media player, PC
Dimensions 196.7 mm (7.74 in) H
133.0 mm (5.24 in) W
7.9 mm (0.31 in) D
Weight 340 g (0.75 lb)
Operating system Android 3.2 Honeycomb upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
CPU 1.4 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC processor Samsung Exynos 4210
GPU ARM Mali-400 MP[1][2]
Memory 1 GB
Storage 16/32/64 GB flash memory,
microSD slot (up to 32 GB)
Data inputs Multi-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer, aGPS, USB (adapter needed)
Display 1280×800 px (1 megapixel),
7.7 in (20 cm) diagonal, 197 ppi,
Super AMOLED Plus display
Rear camera 3.0 MP AF camera with LED flash, 2.0 MP front facing (for video calls)
Connectivity HSPA+ 21 Mbit/s 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI (external cable)
Website www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxytab/7.7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a tablet computer of a series of Android-based tablet computer produced by Samsung, introduced on 1 September 2011 at IFA in Berlin.[3] Related models are the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

It belongs to the second generation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab series, which consists of two 10.1" models, a 8.9", 7.0" and a 7.7" model. The 7.7 is the thinnest tablet Samsung has made in the 7" range.

History[edit]

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been shown to the public in September 2011 at the IFA in Berlin. It is, together with its cheaper sibling Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus, the direct successor of the original Galaxy Tab.

On 4 January 2012, Samsung announced in Singapore the launch for February 2012 at a price of S$898 (US$695).[4]

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 WiFi was on sale in Australia on 13 January 2012, with prices approximately A$550. The release was not advertised and only a few stores have stock.[5]

After Apple had secured another injunction against Samsung tablet computers in Germany, Samsung had to pull the Tab 7.7 from their booth including everything related like posters only one day after the first presentation.[6]

Software[edit]

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 with Samsung's custom overlay TouchWiz UX.[7] TouchWiz UX provides several widgets and:

  • L!ve Panels: A set of custom widgets and panels which will provide additional contents to Honeycomb, like weather, calendar, and more. The widgets and panels are resizable, following a grid pattern.[8]
  • Mini Apps Tray: An additional dock-like bar which will give access to the most commonly used applications.
  • Social Hub: An integrated messaging application which aims to center the user's social life, unifying the inboxes and timelines of multiple services like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and many others, splitting them into "Feeds" (updates) and "Messages".
  • Reader's Hub: A store that will allow the user to download e-books to the Galaxy Tab. Samsung claims that it will feature around 2 million books, 2,000 newspapers in 49 languages, and 2,300 magazines in 22 languages.
  • Media Hub: A video on demand service, which will be available only in the US.
  • Music Hub: A music on demand service, which will be available only in the US.[9]

In July 2012 appeared an update to Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in Austria. More countries followed in the next months.

In May 2013 Samsung released an update to Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) in several Asian countries.[10]

Hardware[edit]

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the first tablet computer featuring a Super AMOLED Plus display and sports a high pixel density. The Samsung Exynos 4210 dual-core processor works at 1.4 GHz, it consists of two ARM Cortex-A9 cores. The Tab 7.7 is equipped with 1 GB LPDDR2[3] RAM and 16, 32 or 64 GB of built-in storage which is further expandable by microSD with up to 32 GB.

The Tab 7.7 is not technically related to the other Galaxy Tabs except the 7.0 Plus with which it shares almost everything apart from the screen and a slightly faster processor of the same type as used in the 7.7. The previously launched 8.9" and 10.1" Galaxy Tabs are equipped with a different (and slower) processor, different screen technology and they are not expandable by microSD cards. The original Galaxy Tab 7 is also different from every angle.

As with all Honeycomb tablets, the number of buttons has been reduced: The usual Home, Menu, Back, and Search buttons, which are present in most Android devices, are embedded in the notification and menu bar. The only physical buttons are Power, Volume Up, and Volume Down.

Like every other tablet from the Galaxy Tab series also the Tab 7.7 comes with the Samsung PDMI-like proprietary interface connector, which is used for both charging and data transfer. A keyboard dock will be available as well as a charging/data dock with a microHDMI out connector.

The cameras used are well known from many other Galaxy Tabs, the 2 MP front-facing camera has a fixed focus and is designed to be used for video chat or self-portraits. The 3 MP rear camera features autofocus and a LED flash light.

3G connectivity is supported in the P6800 models, dual Wi-Fi a/b/g/n antennas, which can operate at 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies, are standard on all models.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 offers full phone functionality with a phone-like receiver/mic arrangement, on the Wi-Fi-only versions it can still be used for VOIP calls. Wired or Bluetooth headsets can be used as well as speaker mode.

On almost every review device used by several tech blogs or magazines an infrared port for using the Tab 7.7 as a remote control for entertainment devices such) as TV sets or DVD players was fitted (and a suitable app installed) but apparently this is not the case on the production units. However, in the US, a Verizon branded model does include the IR port.

Galaxy Tab 2[edit]

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is a newer model (summer 2012) of the 7.0 Plus. It is equipped with Android 4.0, is available with 8 GB internal storage and comes with the infrared smart remote control IR Blaster.[11]

Galaxy Tab 3[edit]

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0) is the newest model (summer 2013) of the Tab 2 7.0. It is equipped with Android 4.2, is available with 8 GB internal storage and comes with the infrared smart remote control IR Blaster.[12]

Model comparison[edit]

Type# OS Network Display CPU RAM Camera Video Audio Wi-Fi Bluetooth Storage Height Width Thickness Weight Battery
front rear Internal External
Galaxy Tab GT-P1000 Android 2.2
Froyo
HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s 900/1700/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
1024x600 Super TFT 1.0 GHz single-core
Exynos 3110 (Cortex A8)
512 MB Yes
1.3MPx
Yes
3.2MPx
Playback: 720p Full HD videos @30 fps
Recording: 720p videos @30fps
3.5 mm ear jack, stereo speaker Yes 802.11
b/g/n
Yes
v3.0 + A2DP
16/32 GB Yes
microSD
190.09 mm (7.484 in) 120.45 mm (4.742 in) 11.98 mm (0.472 in) 380 g (0.84 lb) 4000 mAh
Galaxy Tab 7.7 GT-P6800 Android 4.1
Jelly Bean
HSPA+ 21 Mbit/s 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
1280x800 Super AMOLED Plus  1.4 GHz dual-core
Exynos 4210 (Cortex A9)
1 GB LPDDR2 Yes
MPx
Yes
3 MPx
Playback: 1080p full HD video @30fps;
Recording: 720p HD video @24fps
3.5 mm ear jack, stereo speaker Yes
dual antenna
802.11 a/b/g/n
Yes
3.0 + A2DP
16/32/64 GB Yes
microSD
196.7 mm (7.74 in) 133.0 mm (5.24 in) 7.9 mm (0.31 in) 340 g (0.75 lb) 5100 mAh
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus GT-P6200 Android 4.1
Jelly Bean
HSPA+ 21 Mbit/s 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
1024x600 PLS  1.2 GHz dual-core
Exynos 4210 (Cortex A9)
1 GB DDR2 Yes
2 MPx
Yes
3 MPx
Playback: 1080p full HD video @30fps;
Recording: 720p video @24fps
3.5 mm ear jack, stereo speaker Yes
dual antenna
802.11 a/b/g/n
Yes
3.0 + A2DP
16/32 GB Yes
microSD
193.7 mm (7.63 in) 122.4 mm (4.82 in) 9.9 mm (0.39 in) 345 g (0.761 lb) 4000 mAh
Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P3100 Android 4.0
Ice Cream Sandwich
HSPA+ 21 Mbit/s 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
1024x600 PLS  1.0 GHz dual-core
TI OMAP4430 (Cortex A9)
1 GB DDR2 Yes
0.3 MPx
Yes
3 MPx
Playback: 1080p full HD video @30fps;
Recording: 1080p full HD video @30fps
3.5 mm ear jack, stereo speaker Yes
802.11 b/g/n
Yes
3.0 + A2DP
16/32 GB Yes
microSD
193.7 mm (7.63 in) 122.4 mm (4.82 in) 10.5 mm (0.41 in) 344 g (0.758 lb) 4000 mAh
Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211 Android 4.1.2
Jelly Bean
HSPA+ 21 Mbit/s 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
1024x600 TFT PXA986 1.2 GHz dual-core 1 GB Yes
1.3 MP
Yes
3.15 MP AF with LED flash
Playback: 1080p full HD video @30fps;
Recording: 1080p full HD video @30fps
3.5 mm ear jack, stereo speaker Yes
802.11 a/b/g/n
Yes
3.0 + A2DP
16/32 GB Yes
microSD
188 mm (7.4 in) 111.1 mm (4.37 in) 9.9 mm (0.39 in) 302 g (0.666 lb) 4000 mAh

Banned in Europe[edit]

A sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany was extended to the entire European Union by a German court in June 2012.

The 7.7-inch slate is the latest casualty in the ongoing patent wrangle between Apple and Samsung. The tablet is no stranger to this dispute—it was officially unveiled at IFA in Berlin 2012, but was almost immediately yanked from the show floor after a sales injunction. Samsung has issued a statement saying that it was "disappointed with the court's ruling" and that it "will continue...to protect our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple's claims to ensure our products remain available to consumers throughout the European Union".[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mali-400 MP – ARM". ARM.com. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE Spotted at FCC En-Route to Verizon". Softpedia.com. 19 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Samsung Global News "Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, World’s First Mobile Tablet Featuring Super AMOLED Plus Display Unveiled at IFA 2011", Samsung Global News, 1 September 2011, accessed 3 January 2012.
  4. ^ CNET Asia [1],CNET Asia, 4 January 2012, accessed 5 January 2012.
  5. ^ ZDnet [2], ZDNet, 13 January 2012, accessed 27 January 2012.
  6. ^ The Register "Galaxy Tab 7.7 pulled from IFA after new Apple moves",The Register, 5 September 2011, accessed 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ Samsung Microsite "Galaxy Tab 7.7 - Specification", Samsung, 2011, accessed 3 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Explanation and Examination of TouchWiz UX aka TouchWiz 4.0", "GalaxyTabs.com", 23 March 2011, accessed 12 April 2011.
  9. ^ Engadget "Hands-on with TouchWiz UX for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1",Engadget, 3 August 2011, accessed 3 January 2012.
  10. ^ http://asia.cnet.com/jelly-bean-update-for-galaxy-tab-7-7-released-for-southeast-asia-62221385.htm Jelly Bean update for Galaxy Tab 7.7 released for Southeast Asia
  11. ^ Galaxy Tab 2 Samsung spec sheet accessed 7 August 2013
  12. ^ Galaxy Tab 3 Samsung spec sheet accessed 7 August 2013
  13. ^ http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/samsung-galaxy-tab-7-7-banned-in-europe-1089975 HomeNews by technologyMobile computingTabletsSamsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned in Europe Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 banned in Europe

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