While we've yet to actually see a release date for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 that Samsung debuted back in September, the company has now dropped the kernel source code for the device. In the past, this usually indicates an impending release, so we're willing to bet that availability will be officially announced at CES next week.


For those who need a reminder of what the Tab 7.7 is all about:

  • 7.7-inch 1280x800 Super AMOLED Plus display (the first tablet to have this)
  • 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos
  • 3MP rear shooter, 2MP 'round front
  • Android 3.2
  • 5,100mAh battery

Of course, a lot can change in three months, so we may actually see some changes made to the specs of the device before its release. We'll just have to wait and see what Sammy has up its sleeve next week.

Until then, hit the link to start digging around in the code.

W-Fi Galaxy Tab 7.7 kernel source code

3G Galaxy Tab 7.7 kernel source code

Cameron Summerson
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  • jah

    It's already available in some places. I know XDAers from Australia have their hands on them already. Rumor is early February for the states.

  • http://goo.gl/wxZwc Bjoern

    @jah If you're talking about Ritchie (Ritchie's Room): this was only a review device. There were some more in Romania, Poland, Russia.... Only look on Youtube and you will find a lot of after-IFA reviews.
    The Tab 7.7 can be had nowhere so far, Samsung announced the first release date for Taiwan, it's the 16th January. So we can be rather sure to see the Tab hitting shelves while or shortly after CES in Barcelona.

    • Jay

      No, they are indeed in Australia at retail. Not too much stock at the moment, seems only wifi model is available, but it's definitely here.

    • JR

      i already got this from hong kong.. its been released already and for sale

  • Ruperto

    Darn.. And I just ordered my Galaxy 7 plus.. I should have waited.

  • jah

    @Bjoern - no, there are several people on XDA who have said that they have them in hand, and you can buy them (again, from Australia) on ebay.

    I'd give you a link, but I'm afraid it'd mark me as spam.

  • Amar

    There have been announcements of SG Tab 7.7 availability in Taiwan on 16th January and Singapore in February 2012 in past few days. Pricing and specifications quoted.

  • sb
  • Bjoern

    Hi @sb, found Panamoz before and have just ordered a 3G 7.7! It's extremely cheap at £434, so we will see what happens. Panamoz has a very good reputation though, regarding to at least 98% of all customers having left a review anywhere. I've paid via Paypal so there shouldn't be any problem with getting money back.

    • FCat

      Hope you get this. Please post back if it's the real thing!

      • http://gplus.to/galaxytab77 Bjoern

        I will do, sure! If you're on Google+ you can add my page: http://gplus.to/galaxytab77

      • http://goo.gl/wxZwc Bjoern

        At least I got a UPS tracking#, it's at Chek Lap Kok airport right now. Supposed arrival date is Wednesday. Fingers crossed!

        Panamoz has put some new "unpack" pictures on the product page, btw.

    • Gareth

      Hi @Bjoern, is this UK spec? I have ordered Android phones before from China, and although they are good value, some apps just don't show to UK users due to the ROM not being for the UK.

      • http://gplus.to/galaxytab77 Bjoern

        Don't know but I doubt that as the tab has not been launched in the UK yet. At least it comes with a UK plug (as you can see on the pictures on panamoz.com).

        I haven't actually heard of the mentioned problem and I also doubt that there are different ROMs. When I think of my old Galaxy Tab: I can adjust it to practically every country and language and the same is for my LG 2X.
        I bought my Nexus One back in 2010 from the US and didn't have any problems either.
        But: there must be different versions as the suffixes after the type code (for example GT-P6800LSEXEU) are different for example in the Netherlands and Czech Republic for no apparent reason. There shouldn't be any differences hardware-wise.

        • Gareth

          Hi @Bjoern. I've ordred one :)

          I was going to pay £524 for a WiFi only version from Expansys UK. I've got the 3G + 16GB microSD and 1 year replacement warranty and fedex delivery for under £480! :)

          Like you say, the hardware will be identical to the UK spec. If the firmware/ROM does have any problems, it can usually be sorted at XDA Forums.

          I'll keep an eye out for your posts. Can't wait to get it.

        • http://gplus.to/galaxytab77 Bjoern

          Hey, that was quick! Congrats!
          Is Expansys able to deliver? I doubt that... (they say they expect stock in 3 days. One will see :-) )

        • Gareth

          Hi, Expansys say it is expected in stock around the 13th January but I've been reading that the UK won't get it until February.

  • Jumbie

    In my eyes this was to be my first tablet, a serious deal-breaker. But let's be real here. It's now 2012, and this is a 2011 tablet in a year where the next best tablet may have double the specs at a lower price.

    Samsung will either need to announce a price drop at CES or a spec bump for me to want this still. It's a gorgeous device and is the perfect size/weight/everything-else... but US$670 is too much. I'd rather wait another few months, than buy it now and have it outclassed by another Android device later down the road :(

    • http://gplus.to/galaxytab77 Bjoern

      This might be a 2011 tablet but compared to other 7" it's by far superior.
      It is expensive, yes. But then it's the fastest tablet computer out there just behind the much bigger Transformer Prime.
      If you always wait some months for the next better device you will never have one.
      And even at the end of 2012 we won't have a quadcore 7" with a higher-res Super AMOLED Plus screen including microSD slot and full phone spec for $650 or less.
      However, for me the 7.7 is THE perfect tablet in every way.

      • Jumbie

        You're right Bjoern, i don't want to fall into that "Oh keep waiting for the next best thing" trap, i'll be there forever lol.

        I suppose i'm just bitter that it didn't come out last year in time for Xmas, but with many manufacturers directing their efforts to 10" tablets (heavy and unwieldy as they are), this 7.7 is the best way to go. You said you bought one from Panamoz? Lookign forward to the verdict :)

        • http://gplus.to/galaxytab77 Bjoern

          I only today read about the ASUS MediaPad, a 7" tablet running ICS on a Quadcore processor! Identical resolution like the Tab 7.7, at only $299 it will be a real bargain.

          My 7.7 is on its way here. Today it enjoyed some sun in Dubai but it's already on the move again. Should be with me tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon.

        • Jumbie

          Damn CES! Everyone and their mother's aunty is putting out a 7" tablet. WTF... i've lost count lol.

          The ASUS one is definitely one to watch for, and the rest of them are weighing in fairly cheaply around the $179-299 price range! But how are they managing to sell them so low, and will there be strings attached?

  • http://gplus.to/galaxytab77 Bjoern

    Here we go! My Tab arrived in London today from Panamoz.com (Hongkong), very reliable and quick people over there!

    Here's a picture album with some first shots, an unboxing video is going to follow tomorrow or on Friday.