Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
We covered the Samsung Galaxy Tab Lab event this weekend at Eastwood where Samsung Philippines launched the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Priced at Php32,990, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is definitely the premium product in Samsung’s Tab line-up. It’s smaller brother, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, sells for Php10,000 less. The question now is if the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is worth the Php32,990 price tag. We can only say for sure once we’ve done a full review but for now we’d like to share our initial impressions based on our hands-on. We spent around 20 minutes playing with the demo unit on display at the Tab Lab event.
One of the things you’ll immediately notice with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the metallic back finish. This definitely gives it a sleeker and cooler look compared to the white plastic backs that all the other Tabs are sporting.
By the way the camera really isn’t that good. It just has a 3.15MP camera. Tried taking a few photos with it and they didn’t look that nice.
It’s also ridiculously thin and light. Definitely something that’s easy to quickly slip in and out of your bag.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 definitely felt good in my hands. It’s probably the first tablet shipped by Samsung that has equal focus on the hardware design and what’s inside. Definitely the most beautifully crafted in their line-up as well.
Software and Performance
This tablet has a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED display at 800×1280 pixels. That’s already a massive improvement compared to the display of the 7.0 Plus. Playing games, watching videos, reading e-Books, and other forms of media consumption is amazing with this device due to the display. This is probably one of the most beautiful displays ever made for a Tablet.
In terms of performance we tried playing a few apps and switching often between them. There was minimal lag thanks to the 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM. This is bound to get better when the Galaxy Tab 7.7 gets the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Right now it’s still running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
In terms of connectivity we can also look forward to faster browsing on the go since the Galaxy Tab 7.7 can connect to HSPA+. This feature should be a staple already in all smartphones and tablets that will launch in 2012.
We obviously didn’t have enough time to put it through the paces but if you want to read more about the techie pros and cons of the Galaxy Tab 7.7, check out this post over at gigaOM that has benchmark numbers compared to other devices.
Review coming soon
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is now available in Samsung Mobile Stores. We’re hoping to get a review unit soon so that we can tell you more about it when we spend more time with the device.