Samsung unveils 5.3in Galaxy Note and 7.7in Galaxy Tab

Samsung unveils 5.3in Galaxy Note and 7.7in Galaxy TabTechnically IFA 2011 doesn’t start till tomorrow, but the cheeky chaps at Samsung have got the ball rolling early with their own event.

Earlier in the week Samsung told us to expect three new bada phones in Berlin, and now the South Korean manufacturer has lifted the lid on the 5.3in Galaxy Note and 7.7in Galaxy Tab.

The Galaxy Note was leaked – in name – last week, thanks to Samsung’s IFA app, but we had no idea what to expect, least of all a 5.3in Gingerbread-running stylus-toting superbeast.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a Dell Streak-style smartphone giant, with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 8MP/2MP camera combo, and removable 2,500mAh battery. Samsung Galaxy Note for the UK, please.

The revamped Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 – now the Galaxy Tab 7.7 – wasn’t exactly a secret, but it sounds impressive nonetheless. The original little guy was looking a little lame next to the new Galaxy Tabs 8.9 and 10.1.

This new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a 1280x800 Super AMOLED display, 3MP/2MP cameras, a 10-hour 5,100mAh battery, and Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) on OS duties. Oh, and the same dual-core 1.4GHz processor as the Samsung Galaxy Note.

via: Engadget

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 1, 2011 at 12:27

Does anyone know if this is a new version of the Exynos dual core processor that's in the Galaxy S2? If it is, wow, I can't wait to use this beast :D!!

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 1, 2011 at 12:53

Exynos is using ARM-CortexA9 CPU, same as nVidia and Apple. Different video card though.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 1, 2011 at 13:08

I know what the Exynos is, I bought my S2 partly due to the fact it had an Exynos inside. The Mali 400 is a beast, I hope this new Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note both have versions of the Exynos chip inside, with the beast that is the Mali 400.

shuwaz  Sep. 1, 2011 at 20:53

its not a new Exynos CPU, just the same one.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 1, 2011 at 21:03

Shuwaz, so they're just O/C'd versions of the original Exynos chip from the Galaxy S2? Actually, that doesn't surprise me, my S2 will happily clock to 1.6ghz and stay absolutely stable, it's never crashed once.

shuwaz  Sep. 1, 2011 at 21:19

Not sure tbh... my mate was say next to me when you posted and mentioned it. didnt say anything else and left after i posted.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 1, 2011 at 21:30

Well these new tablets/massive phones have dual core 1.4ghz processors, the original Exynos was 1.2ghz, but it's a quality chip and will happily clock up to 1.6ghz, so I guess they're just factory overclocked. Or they improved the production methods somehow so 100% of chips were stable at 1.4ghz rather than the like 99(ish)% it would have been with the original Exynos.

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 2, 2011 at 10:50

If CPU is overcloked it does not mean that GPU is. That was my original point. Reason there are so many different chipset variations is due to different clock speeds. Cortex A9 @ 1.4GHz is not the same as 1.2Ghz - different hardware. As you mentioned it could be due to improved manufacturing process. Mali 400 with A9 @ 1.4Ghz is still, well, same old Mali 400 as before. You will not see any performance improvement.

blizzard7  Sep. 2, 2011 at 22:17

The Note is too big to be a phone, but too small to be a tablet. I'm not quite sure I get it.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 2, 2011 at 23:48

Blizzard, if like me, you rarely ever use your phone to make phone calls and spend the whole time sending emails and texts this Note is fantastic. The bigger screen will make typing a dream :p. Also, it'll be great for gaming and web browsing. I think it'll be marketed as a phone not a tablet. Whatever it is it'll be bloody expensive though, with the Galaxy S2 still selling for nearly £500...

blizzard7  Sep. 3, 2011 at 13:02

I think typing would be a nightmare actually. Even in portrait you won't be able to type on this one handed, it would even be awkward to just thumb along one-handed to look at your widgets while you're on the move. Every video I've watched of it, it's a two-handed affair for everything.

Given the creaky build-quality of the S2 and the size of the display you'll need a case too, which is going to make an 83mm wide device even wider. I'll pass on a massive inflexible slab poking out its corners in my pockets.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 3, 2011 at 13:16

I'll test one out, at worst it can go back under the "cooling off period" contract law. I'm sure I can make my mind up in 14 days. Only thing that would put me off, is like you said, it sticking out of my pockets. Would make it pretty easy to steal :(.

blizzard7  Sep. 3, 2011 at 14:05

If you have deep pockets it probably won't poke out, but you will have a strange looking square corners poking through your trousers.

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