Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at the IFA 2011. It is the company’s fourth tablet device after the original Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. As the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will come with a 7.7 inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Verizon recently announced that the much-awaited Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be finally available for its subscribers from the next month.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a 7.7 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3.2 megapixel rear camera with HD (720p) video recording and full HD (1080p) video playback capabilities, 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calls and so on.
It also comes with the usual Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, Video Hub, Samsung S Suggest, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Samsung ChatON, Music Player with SoundAlive, DivX/Xvid support, GPS with A-GPS, AllShare Play, Polaris Office, 16 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 and 5100 mAh Li-Po battery. This device allows you to access more than 400,000 apps from the Android Market.
Verizon subscribers can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from March 1, 2012. This device will be available for $499.99 with a two-year service agreement and a minimum of $30 monthly 4G LTE data plan.
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 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.
Exactly one year ago, Motorola unveiled its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. This device runs on the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Motorola Xoom was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Within a few months, Motorola officially launched this device in India. The 32GB Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G version was originally priced at Rs.39,990. BlackBerry and Samsung have recently reduced the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi respectively in India. Now, popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy are selling the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500.
Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.
LetsBuy is currently selling the 32GB Motorola Xoom at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500. On the other hand, Flipkart is selling this device for Rs.22,999. This is definitely a good news for the potential tablet buyers in India, since the powerful Motorola Xoom is also expected to get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming months. Are you planning to buy one? If yes, then check out the links below.
It looks like we will be seeing some Retina Display tablets in 2012 with quad-core processors and powerful GPUs. Acer’s upcoming A700 tablet made a surprise appearance in Russia.
The A700 is a next-generation Honeycomb tablet, which will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia. However, the most interesting part of the tablet is its 10.1-inch screen. Apparently, it has a whopping resolution of 1920×1200, higher than any other tablet in the Market currently, including the iPad 2.
Other features of the A700 include a micro-SIM card slot, micro-HDMI port, microUSB port, a hardware rotation lock switch, and a 5MP camera aided by an LED flash. The tablet is mainly made out of plastic, and weighs in only 1.45lbs. Acer states that the tablet should last you 10 hours on a single charge.
It will be interesting to see how the Tegra 3 inside the A700 handles games at such a high resolution. The iPad 3 is also expected to come with a Retina Display with a similar resolution. The iPad 2 currently boasts the best hardware found inside a tablet.
It was a month ago that HTC started rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer in Europe. Today, HTC and Sprint have started rolling out the Honeycomb update for the Sprint’s version of the Flyer, the EVO View 4G.
The update with the version number 2.23.651.1 weighs in a little over 217MB in size, so EVO View 4G owners are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The jump from Gingerbread to Honeycomb was quite a big one, and brings in quite a lot of big changes including H/W acceleration, new web browser, new Google Apps, new launcher, a tablet optimized UI and much more.
Below is the full change-log of the update-:
- Physical Hard keys replaced with on screen Soft keys
- New Google search, available on every page
- System Bar: Quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons available at the bottom of the screen
- Notifications menu moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
- The Action Bar–which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen–is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application.
- Enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM
- Google video chat
- Bluetooth capable in Airplane mode
The update is being rolled out in stages, so it might take a while before the update hits your tablet.
Back in late October, Google announced that it will finally start rolling out the much awaited Honeycomb update for devices running Google TV. The update was first meant to be rolled out to Google TV devices manufactured by Sony, and then to the Logitech Revue, which has been a disastrous product for the company.
Today, Logitech has finally announced via a blog post that the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Revue will start rolling out from this week onward. For the unknown, the Honeycomb update for the Revue brings with it lots of changes, including access to the Android Market. At the moment, 50 apps are specifically available for Google TV on the Android Market, including Google’s own Music app.
The whole UI has also been refreshed, and makes browsing through content much easier. The in-built Google Chrome browser has also been updated to the latest version, and brings enhanced search capabilities and keyboard navigation along with support for Adobe Flash 10.2.
Logitech Revue users will automatically get the update when they start their device next time. New Revue owners will get the update when they activate their device. Revue owners can find more info about the update here.
Motorola and Verizon just announced the Droid Xyboard tablets, which are basically the U.S version of the recently unveiled XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 Media Edition.
The 10.1-inch XOOM 2 will be known as the Droid Xyboard 10.1, while its smaller variant, the XOOM 2 Media Edition will be known as the Droid Xyboard 8.2. Both the tablets are powered by the old and under-powered Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor and come with 1GB of RAM on-board. The Xyboard tablets sport a IPS display panel for an improved image quality. Other than this, both the tablets have a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and LED flash at their back, and a 1.3MP HD camera in the front.
Unlike the bulky proportions of the original XOOM, the Droid Xyboard tablets are slimmer and lighter. Outside, the tablets are made with magnesium-reinforced material along with aluminum housing. The tablets will also come with Dijit, an app which will double their tablets as a universal remote. They will also support Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. Oh, both the Xyboards also support GSM networks but the capability has been turned off by Motorola and Verizon at the firmware level.
The 10.1-inch and the 8.2-inch Xyboard will come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb on-board, but will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime early next year. Both the tablets will hit the Verizon retail stores sometime this month. The 16GB 10.1-inch Xyboard will cost $529.99, while the 32GB and 64GB variants will cost $629.99 and $729.99, respectively. The smaller 8.2-inch Xyboard will be available for $429.99 and $529.99 for the 16GB and 32GB variants. These prices include a two-year contract with Verizon as well. No wonder the iPad dominates the tablet market. Until these Android manufacturers price their tablets properly, there is no way they can sell them in large numbers.
Verizon and Motorola, you guys seriously did not get a better name for these tablets other than Xyboard? Seriously?
Back in September, Toshiba announced the 7 inch Toshiba Thrive tablet. This device is the successor of the original Toshiba Thrive tablet, which was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. The 7 inch Toshiba Thrive is the company’s second tablet device. This tablet runs on the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. It might also get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the near future.
This tablet was expected to release in November, but it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for a month, the 7 inch Toshiba Thrive finally goes on sale in the US. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.
- 7 inch touchscreen display
- 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
- 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
- Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS
- 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- 16 or 32 GB internal storage
- microSD card slot
- 32 GB expandable memory
- Integrated GPS
- Android Market
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Adobe Flash support
The 7 inch Toshiba Thrive is already available at major retailer such as Amazon and Best Buy. Other retailers such as eCost, CostCentral and Applied Computer is selling this device for $468 $428 and $441 respectively. Are you planning to buy this tablet? Lets us know your views in the comments section below.
HTC has just announced via a status update on Facebook that the company will start rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the GSM version of the Flyer, starting from today.
The Flyer was the first tablet from the Taiwanese manufacturer, and it is powered by a 1.5GHz single-core processor from Snapdragon. This 7-inch tablet has a resolution of 1024×600, and supports HTC’s Scrybe feature.
The HTC Flyer originally launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with an enhanced version of Sense UI running on top of it. The Honeycomb update for the Flyer brings with it some much needed enhancements including a tablet optimized UI and hardware accelerated UI. All the basic apps like Calendar, GMail, Contacts and Google Talk have also got a redesign and are much more polished and take advantage of the big screen. Unlike HTC’s Android 2.3 implementation, the Honeycomb update for the Flyer is pretty free from Sense based modifications.
HTC is first rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for only the GSM version of the Flyer, which is available in Europe only. Wi-Fi only variants and Flyer owners in the United States need to wait for some more time before their tablet gets the Honeycomb update.