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The Ice Cream Sandwich-packing Galaxy Tab 2 it may not be, but the Galaxy Tab 7.7 that Verizon unveiled at CES last month still isn’t to be dismissed out of the gate – the now-official tablet will be arriving in stores on March 1st, complete with:

  • 7.7 inch, 1280×800 Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.4 GHz Dual-Core processor
  • Android 3.2 with Touchwiz
  • 16 GB storage
  • 3 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 7.9 mm thickness
  • SD card slot
  • LTE

Sure, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) is a tad outdated, but still, it would be hard to resist the largest Super AMOLED Plus display to date, right? Well, here’s the catch: the tablet costs $499.99, which seems like a fairly middle-of-the-road price – until you take into account that you’ll be bound to a new two-year contract. *Sigh.*

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In addition to the Tab 7.7, Samsung and Verizon will be making available a host of accessories – a keyboard dock, a multimedia dock, a USB / SD connection kit, an HDMI adapter, and a book cover case.

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Finally, here’s the full PR:

SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB™ 7.7 AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS NETWORK

World’s Thinnest 4G LTE Tablet on America’s Fastest, Most Reliable 4G Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7 will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com starting March 1.  Movies, pictures and games come to life in high-definition with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7’s Super AMOLED™ Plus touchscreen display.  Customers can quickly access the Web, stream music and more at blazingly fast speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network combined with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and HTML 5 Web browser.

            The Tab 7.7 is a multimedia expert allowing customers to use their tablet as the center of their home entertainment system.  The Peel Smart Remote feature eliminates the need for multiple remote controls for televisions, audio players and other home entertainment systems.  Customers can make their Tab 7.7 the master controller to find and watch their favorite TV shows, create a favorites list, set program reminders and more.  Customers also have the ability to stream media to their compatible TV using the multimedia dock with a built-in HDMI port or the HDTV Adapter (sold separately).  The Samsung Media Hub offers a large selection of media to rent or purchase and watch while traveling or plug into a TV to share at a party.

Additional features:

·         7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (1280x800)

·         Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb – supports Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™ with video chat, Google Search™, Google Maps™, as well as access to Google Books™, movie rentals and more than 400,000 apps on Android Market™

·         3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full 720p recording and 1080p playback (1080p playback through HDMI dock or adapter)

·         Front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat

·         16 GB on-board storage (actual formatted capacity is less)

·         Support for up to 32 GB  microSD™ card

Business solutions

           Business professionals can feel secure when working on their Tab 7.7 knowing that it is Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE™).  The SAFE certification signifies that the Tab 7.7 is equipped with an exclusive suite of security features that deliver enterprise-friendly capabilities to help safeguard sensitive data and communications, including Mobile Device Management (MDM), on-device Encryption, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and push synchronization of corporate email, calendar and contacts.

            The Galaxy Tab 7.7 provides the ideal balance of portability and productivity so business professionals can get the job done.  Pair the Tab 7.7 with a keyboard dock and maximize productivity with the QuickOffice® Pro HD application.  Customers won’t even notice they left their laptops behind with the ability to create and edit Microsoft® Office documents.

Even traveling business teams can stay connected and productive in remote meeting locations, such as airports, with the 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability.  The Tab 7.7 lets customers share their 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously, enabling leaders to become the team’s Wi-Fi hotspot to rapidly download large presentations and blueprints to review before boarding a flight.

Pricing and availability:

·         Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be available March 1 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $499.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

·         Customers that purchase a Tab 7.7 will need to subscribe to a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  Follow @VZWnews on Twitter for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7 in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • VonLaserface

    $499.99 subsidized?

    That's pretty bold. Stupid but bold.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org Robert Aitchison

    Holy crap that's ridiculously expensive, a device like this should be no more than $499 unsubsidized and $199 subsidized.

    Take out the LTE radio and sell it for $399 and you might actually have some success, but nooo.

  • Josh V

    Way too expensive. And Honeycomb? Come on, Sammy.

  • L boogie

    Funny how a Samsung exec was disappointed at the current state of tablet sales and yet, 499 on a 2 year contract is not pause for concern. How much would it be unsubsidized? By the way, it's a pretty good tablet with good specs though wondering about the processor and hopefully it's updated to ICS real soon.

    • Rob

      Its 700 unsubsidized.

  • drksilenc

    its not sammys fault verizon took months to approve it. this has been on the market in europe for a few months now.

  • L boogie

    Funny how a Samsung exec was disappointed at the current state of tablet sales and yet, 499 on a 2 year contract is not pause for concern. How much would it be unsubsidized? By the way, it's a pretty good tablet with good specs for its size though wondering about the processor and hopefully it's updated to ICS real soon.

  • Beatmiser

    I've seen the 7.7 Wifi Version available online from overseas retailers, does anyone know if they plan to release WiFi Only in the US?

  • scott

    I'm trying to find something positive to say about this, but failing miserably. 500 bucks for a 7" tablet is flat out ridiculous.

  • http://www.arzbhatia.com Arz Bhatia

    1280x800 SUPERAMOLED PLUS HD Display - Probably the same display that the GSIII will use donchyu think? :)

  • Mike

    In terms of technology, this is very close to the tablet that I'm looking for. However, I will never buy a carrier-branded tablet as I will always tether, if need be. Verizon, I will never buy two separate data contracts for two separate devices EVER. Give me some options for using multiple devices under one data contract or I will root-tether for the rest of my life.

  • Samu

    And sprint still can't announce a release date for the galaxy nexus fuuuuuuuuckkkkk

  • Paul

    It doesn't take a genius to realize this is already a failure before it is even available. The price point is way too high for this size tablet and with these specs. What are these guys smoking/thinking?

  • ins0mn1a

    i can't believe these guys, how pathetic. it's a freaking nightmare, in the end the tablet market will be divided between ipad and w8. depressing.

  • Lavi Wolf

    " $499.99 with a new two-year customer agreement."

    LOOOL
    Wake up Sammy!

  • Luis

    Def will not buy this unless it is sold in wifi only model.

  • nz

    When's wifi only version coming out, anyone know yet?
    7.7 is the sweet spot for me but wouldn't pay 500 bucks though. If wifi only goes for 399 bucks or less. I am sold right now.

  • Ken

    US$450 in Taiwan for Wifi without contract.  But without microUSB, microHDMI, somewhat sluggish performance, and worst of all, proprietary charging only, no deal.  Waiting for the Toshiba Excite 7.7, solves all the above problems with a quad-core processor, too.

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