Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available

After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note, Samsung has finally turned its attention to its Honeycomb powered tablets. The Korean company has started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in certain regions of the world.

While the ICS update for the Tab 7.7 will not bring major visual changes, it will definitely bring a nice improvement in the overall performance and stability of the tablet. The firmware also fixes quite a few bugs present in the previous firmware for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, including the ability to transfer data from the internal memory to the external SD card without any corruption or permission issues.

At the moment the update is only available for the Wi-Fi variant of the Galaxy Tab 7.7, and is available via OTA as well as via Samsung’s KIES software. Samsung should hopefully show some Ice Cream Sandwich love on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Tab 8.9 within the next one month.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 680 (Galaxy Tab 7.7) Now Available In India For Rs 33,751!

Samsung had announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the second half of 2011. However, the company did not announce anything about the availability of the tablet, and now after quite a few months of its announcements, the tablet has started popping up in the retail stores of various regions of the world.

The company has also released the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in India, albeit with a different name – Galaxy Tab 680. The tablet is already available for purchase at the popular Indian e-retailer, Flipkart, for Rs 33,751.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 (680) is the first tablet from Samsung to pack in a Super-AMOLED Plus screen. Internally, the tablet is powered by the blazing fast Exynos 4210 SoC, clocked at 1.4GHz, and an ARM Mali-400MP GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory, which can be increased via the microSD card slot. While the Tab runs on Honeycomb out of the box, the performance of the tablet is surprisingly good. In fact, early reviews suggest that the tablet is as smooth as the Asus Transformer Prime running Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Tab 680 comes with Wi-Fi as well as 3G connectivity. In fact, users can also use the tablet to make phone calls! All other usual sensors and connectivity features are also present, including a 3MP camera at the back and a 2MP camera in the front.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Headed To Verizon!

Samsung had announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 quite a few months ago for the International market. Today, the company has outed the same model for the Verizon’s network.

For the unknown, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with a 7.7-inch Super-AMOLED Plus screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. This is technically the biggest Super-AMOLED Plus screen Samsung is currently able to produce. Internally, the Tab 7.7 is powered by a blazing fast 1.4GHz Exynos 4210 SoC, an ARM Mali-400 MP GPU, which is arguably one of the fastest SoCs used in Android devices. All the usual stuffs like 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, SD card slot, a 3MP rear camera with an LED flash, a 2MP front camera, 1080p HD video playback and recording capability, LTE support and a slim-waistline of 7.9mm.

Sadly, the Tab 7.7 will come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb along with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI running on top of it. Since the tablet will be heading to Verizon, the carrier will make sure to install as much bloatware on the handset possible, and will price it insanely high as well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Announced; Packs 7.7-inch of Super-AMOLED+ Goodness!

Samsung has just announced a new Galaxy branded tablet at the ongoing IFA 2011 event. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the slimmest (7.89mm) and lightest (339gms) tablet in the market, even besting the iPad 2 vital stats. The tablet is mainly made up of plastic, with a metal casing running around its edges.

As the name suggests, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with a 7.7-inch screen. The drool-worthy thing about this tablet is that the 7.7-inch screen is a Super-AMOLED Plus one, with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. Yes, that’s 7.7-inch of Super-AMOLED Plus goodness for your eyes to feast upon! This 7.7-inch tab is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor made by Samsung (Exynos 4210 SoC). The usual tablet features including dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n support, Bluetooth 3.0, DivX/Xvid support, GPS with A-GPS, HSPA+ support, microSD card slot and the usual sensors.

The tablet is backed up by a 5100mAh battery, which can power the tab for up to 10 hours. There are also two-3MP cameras in the back and a 2MP camera in the front of the Tab 7.7. It is also capable of recording and playing back full HD (1080p) videos. The tablet will come in various capacities ranging from 16GB to 32GB. Sadly, the tablet comes with the same 30-pin  proprietary  connector as found on the Galaxy Tab 7 and 10.1.

Like all other Android tablets, the Tab 7.7 runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX running on top of it.

At the moment, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is possibly the most ‘different’ tablet from all other 7-inches Android tablets in the market. The Super-AMOLED+ display alone is a compelling reason to buy the tablet. The Tab 7.7 will also be more powerful than other Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablets, mainly thanks to the Exynos 4210 SoC!

Sadly, Samsung has not mentioned anything about the pricing and availability of the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Hopefully, Samsung will not be stupid enough to price the tablet at anything more than $550.

One crucial reason behind the success of the Apple iPad is its price point. Samsung, like all other Honeycomb tablet manufacturers, needs to realize this and price their tablet  competitively.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note and Wave 3 Leaked

Remember that Samsung event at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which is going to be held on September 1? Of course, you do.

Samsung is expected to reveal a few new devices at the event, probably hoping to grab some limelight before Apple does the iPhone 5 launch event and steals it all.

Until now, we were thinking that Samsung might be launching a few new Android smartphones at the event, possibly an upgraded version of the Galaxy S 2. But today, according to a report by the guys at TIMN, Samsung is planning to launch three new devices. The information about these new devices was apparently hidden within Samsung’s own teaser app for Android.

Samsung Unpacked

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

This will be the 7 inch version of the new Galaxy Tab. It will likely run Android 3.2 Honeycomb and will have specifications similar to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Samsung Wave 3

This will be a smartphone running the new version of the Bada OS, Samsung’s pet project. With Google buying Motorola, most Android manufacturers must be feeling pretty insecure right now, but at least Samsung has an alternative – its own homegrown OS. Expect the Wave 3 to rival the Samsung Galaxy S 2 in terms of specifications, similar to the Wave and the Galaxy S.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Now this is the most interesting part. I think it may be an ebook reader, possibly powered by Android, but I’m not sure. With Amazon planning to enter the tablet space, Samsung may be planning to take the fight to Amazon. It will probably be an inexpensive device, which will compete with Amazon’s rumored tablet and serve the budget end of the market, which we know is a potential gold mine for anyone who figures out how to manufacture good, cheap tablets.

The Samsung Unpacked event is just a week away; we will keep you updated.