Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 unveiled; 1280 x 800 pixels in either 5.3 or 7.7 inch sizes

Today at IFA 2011 in Berlin Samsung announced two devices that, from a hardware perspective, are practically the same. Both the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 have a dual core 1.4 GHz processor, both have 1 GB of RAM, and both have screens with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Now let’s get to the key differences. The Galaxy Note has a 5.3 inch screen, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has an 8 megapixel camera, 2500 mAh battery, is 9.65 mm thick, and it’ll come in two versions; one has HSPA+ connectivity, the other does LTE. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a 7.7 inch screen, runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, has a 3 megapixel camera, 5100 mAh battery, is an astonishing 7.89 mm thick, and it’ll do 21 Mbps HSPA+. Pricing and availability for both of these devices has yet to be announced, which is a major fail on Samsung’s part.

Are we enthusiastic about either of these devices? Not really. Carrying around a 5.3 inch smartphone (pictured above) doesn’t really make sense from an ergonomic perspective, and we’re pretty sure the folks at Levi’s aren’t going to get busy designing a whole new lineup of jeans that can carry such a beast of a device. Then there’s the Tab 7.7 (pictured below), which might be awesome if it ran Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Google Android, but sadly it doesn’t, and while there are Honeycomb fans out there, we just can’t recommend it at this point in time since it doesn’t quite stack up to the iPad.

That being said, we’re sure these devices will have an audience with at least a few people … people who we’ll likely never understand, but hey, at least Samsung is trying something new. Do let us know if you’re interesting in the Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab 7.7, we’re curious to understand just what exactly is going on in your head. Were you abused as a child? Did the boys at school tease you in the shower after gym class? Just kidding.

Update: One more thing … the Galaxy Note comes with a stylus. Not kidding.

  • Samsung is trying too hard to be over the top and overshadow Apple. ridiculous screen sizes that just a few geeks care about. i work at a mobile phone retailer and we have some phones in the wild so people can try them out first and most people say Galaxy S-2 is too big a brick sized, i cant even imagine what will they say when they see the Galaxy Note… 

    • Georgyp

      Duh; the Note WILL be loved by professionals and businesspeople that need a a big, high resolution screen that is still *pocketable* in either a standard inner or OUTER jacket pocket unlike a standard 7-inch tablet.  Google the  launch video of the Dell Streak 5 if you can’t grasp the fact that a six-inch (15 cm) long, 8 cm wide phone is by no means unwieldy.
       Further, Samsung have done what i was expecting DELL to: slapped in a dual-core proc with adequate RAM and upgraded the screen to HD
       as well as upgraded the battery capacity by  66.67%. All that whilst shaving the weight down to the same as Nokia’s E7 *and adding in great stylus support and tools*! An
      E7 tilting slider is the only thing lacking on this to create a complete geekasm!! That would finally come full-circle to fully update the late Psion 5 of the late nineties.
      You should note that not everyone is an airhead fashionista and that there were even a good proportion of ladies that loved the Dell Streak 5- try and break free of the box you’re mentally floundering in!

  • Franky

    What the hell..!!? this article is VERY offensive.. so what, liking a 7 inch tablet means you were abused as child? how is “cause iPad sux..” for a reason? why do I need to carry a chopping board as big as iPad2 when I can have everything I want in a 7 inch tablet?

  • Guest

    Haters gonna hate.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my GOD stop already ! You sound exactly like the folk that started complaining when the first bigg-ish screened phone came out (HTC HD2) a few years ago. It had a whopping 4.3 screen and so many people were interested in form more than function they couldn’t fathom why this was needed. Now look at the market. 4.3 is old, 4.5 is gaining traction and there are even a few 4.7 inch phones out there. So stop already! OK it may not be good for you but many of us use these devices to read lots and lots of content, play ever increasingly complex games and watch movies. Whilst resolution rates go up and this helps the compbination of that and a large screen really wins in my book. If you doubt what I say go to use their phone finder to search for phones over 4.2 and then 4.5 inches. After you remove the tablets from the list you will see a situation that 1-2 years ago this never existed.

  • Anonymous

    As an iPad 2 user, I am very impressed by the tab 7.7. Great size and great specs. Hopefully they release a wifi version.

  • I will definetely buy one..

  • Eatme

    Stefan’s a schmuck! I own a 10.1 inch tablet & have been looking at the Sammy 7.7 for something more portable for my media.
    To even mention child abuse in a review of a product to make a misguided point is extremely offensive and insensitive!
    Sounds like you’re the one who was teased in the boys locker room… jerk!

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