Samsung's pre-IFA press conference has just wrapped up, with a couple of tasty surprises for tablet fans. While consumers looking for maximum portability may plump for the jumbo-sized mobile (or should that be micro-sized tablet?) that is the Samsung Galaxy Note, fans of previous iterations of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will surely be chuffed with its latest incarnation: the all-new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.
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First and foremost, there's that screen. At 7.7 inches, it's a throwback to the original Galaxy Tab that Samsung announced at IFA last year, and significantly smaller than the current Samsung tablet flagship, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It's also the first tablet with a Super AMOLED display, meaning consumers should expect all the rich contrast that wowed us on the Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone.
Under the hood, there's a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and the latest iteration of the Android operating system, Honeycomb 3.2. Also included are the obligatory cameras (3MP on the back, 2MP on the front), and the ability to make calls like comically huge smartphone.
All this they've wrapped up in a sturdy-looking aluminium chassis, measuring in at 7.89mm thick and weighing 335g. That would make the Galaxy Tab 7.7 the thinnest and the lightest tablet on the market, almost half the weight of the iPad 2's 600g and almost a millimetre thinner (although, of course, some of that weight will be accounted for by the iPad's extra two inches of screen).
Samsung's speakers weren't specific about a release date for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, saying only that it will be landing "with a splash" sometime in the next few months. More, as ever, when we hear it.