Samsung to Release 2 New Tablets for Android, Windows
Samsung is already the most prolific Android tablet-maker, with two tablets under its belt and one on the way. But that hasn't stopped the company from developing two more.
At the IFA 2011 electronics show in Berlin, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7, a new 7.7-inch tablet that will be a major update to the very first 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Not to be outdone, Samsung then announced a new Windows tablet called the Series 7 Slate.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be very familiar to anyone who has used the Galaxy Tab 10.1 . It's basically the same tablet on the outside, but with a smaller screen. It's ridiculously thin, too, at only 7.89 mm thick . Inside are two 1.4GHz processor cores running Android Honeycomb 3.2. The screen is Super AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
Much like the Galaxy Tab 8.9, another midsize tablet Samsung announced months ago, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has no firm release date or pricing.
The Series 7 Slate PC, on the other hand, is meant to be an extension of the new laptops the company also announced. So far, Windows 7 tablets have proven to be very unsuccessful, but Samsung says it is full committed to making the Series 7 Slate PC work.
The Windows tablet sports very hefty hardware for a tablet: 11.6-inch 1366 x 768-resolution screen, dual-core Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB storage. It's supposed to have boot times of less than 30 seconds and six hours of battery life.
The Series 7 Slate also comes with a stylus pen and has accessories such as a dock and a wireless keyboard. Samsung plans to sell it for $1,099 (64GB) and $1,349 (128GB with keyboard and dock) this October. It is also supposed to be fully upgradable to Windows 8 , which is expected next year.