Samsung's Galaxy Family Rounds Out With 7.7", 5.3" Android Slabs
September 1, 2011 10:06 AM
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (left) and Galaxy Note (right)
Whatever size device you want, it appears Samsung has you covered with its dizzying selection of Galaxy slabs
Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? The answers do not come easy.
Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (
) latest multi-touch device sporting Google, Inc.'s
) ubiquitous Android operating system (version 2.3 "Gingerbread") will certainly make one big bulge in your pocket.
The device -- dubbed the "Samsung Galaxy Note" -- is the first Android phone (if we can call it that...) that beats the iPhone 4 in resolution, sporting a gorgeous 5.3-inch 1280 x 800 pixel Super AMOLED display. It also packs a super-speedy 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos dual-core processor, a proprietary ARM chip design.
The phone is a hair thicker than the iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S II, measuring in at 9.65 mm (0.38 in.), but it only weighs 178 grams (6.3 ounces). While the textured back plastic may detract from the visual appeal, it adds utility, allowing a better grip on the smartphone behemoth.
Battery life should be decent thanks to a beefy 2,500 mAh battery. The phone also features an HSPA+ modem (making it a likely target for
Deutsche Telekom AG's (
) T-Mobile USA's networks) and dual cameras in the front and rear (front-facing camera: 2 MP; rear camera: 8 MP).
The device also revives the old stylus, which it dubs the "S Pen". The company revealed several stylus-centric apps, including "Virtual Whiteboard" and "S Memo". Samsung is even offering up an S Pen SDK for ambitious third party developers.
Along with the Galaxy Note, comes a new Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 7.7. The tablet features a 7.7-inch 1280 x 800 pixel Super AMOLED screen and 5,100 mAh battery (1,100 more mAh than the
original 7-inch Galaxy Tab
The tablet packs the same 1.4 GHz dual-core processor as the Galaxy Note, 16-64 GB of NAND flash storage, a microSD memory expansion slot (the
Galaxy Tab 10.1
lacks this!), 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, an HSPA+ cellular modem, GPS, and twin cameras (front face: 2 MP; rear: 3 MP).
two launches in the last week
at the IFA 2012 in Berlin, it's clear that Samsung is focused on rounding out its cellular offerings. Here's a quick visual recap of the lineup, with the new additions:
It's important to note that the launch dates for these new devices have not been announced yet.
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Sign me up for the Note.
9/1/2011 10:12:41 AM
I've been looking for a decent 5" device for years. Had a Nokia 770, and the screen was great, but the rest of the hardware was not. I'll be snagging one of these ASAP!
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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