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September 2, 2011
Exactly a year ago, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab created the first wave of Android tablets when it was launched on 2 September 2010. Now Samsung has revealed its worthy successor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 which offers a slightly bigger screen at 7.7 inches and uses its top of the line Super AMOLED Plus.
Like the Samsung Galaxy Note, it packs a 1.4GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and runs on the latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS. In terms of imaging, there’s a 3MP Autofocus camera at the back and a 2MP front facing camera.
While the original Galaxy Tab was a perfect communication device with its ability to make calls and send SMS, Samsung has improved this aspect for the 7.7. According to the press release, there’s no need to bring a bluetooth headset for voice calls as it is possible to calls in public with “Receiver Mode”.
We wonder how this works and if it can be used like a typical smart phone, that would be just great. From the official pics, it looks like a speaker at the top of the device which probably means you can make calls in typical smart phone manner.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with a generous 5,100mAh battery and weighs only 335g, which is 45g lighter than its predecessor. When compared to its larger Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.6mm thickness), it is even thinner at 7.89mm! Another plus point for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a microSD slot which lets you increase more storage up to 32GB. During the announcement, it is understood that there are 3 variants – 16GB/32GB/64GB.
No pricing and region availability were announced currently. Overall, the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a huge improvement over its predecessor and we’re curious to know how much will it go for in Malaysia. Previously when the original was launched locally, it was priced at a hefty RM2699. Now it goes outright for RM1599 and with a variety of telco bundling options. If Samsung price this right, they will have another hot seller in their hands.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is officially on sale in Malaysia today with the retail price of RM2,099. If you’re still wondering, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 that we are getting comes with 16GB of internal storage. A few days ago, DiGi had started its pre-order for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from as low as RM1,399 on its DG Smart Plans. Now Celcom has revealed its bundled pricing which starts from RM1,409.
For the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Celcom has moved away from its usual Celcom Exec with bolt-on data bundling by offering Celcom Broadband upfront with Pay As You Go voice. This means the subscription is meant for data while calls/sms are charged separately as you use, which is the similar model as DiGi’s Smart Plan.
There are 3 plans on offer – RM48 for 1.5GB, RM68 for 4GB and RM98 for 6GB, which is pretty competitive. Calls are charged at 15 sen/minute while SMS are charged at 10 sen each. You have an option to get the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with either 12 months or 24 months duration. The lowest price of RM1,409 is tied with 24 months of RM98 (6GB) plan. For those that want to commit less with shorter duration, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 can be yours for RM1,739 with 12 months contract of RM48 (1.5GB) plan.