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IFA: Samsung Unveils New Tablet Devices

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 8:12am
Andrew Berg

Samsung upped the ante in its battle against the iPad yesterday, unveiling two new tablet devices at the IFA electronics conference in Berlin. Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note, a new stylus-based tablet.

The Samsung Note, which features a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, both HSPA+ and LTE connectivity and a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, represents a new category of product from Samsung. The company is billing it as a cross between a smartphone and a tablet, in much the way Dell pitched its Dell Streak 5-inch slate.

The Note's digital "S Pen" can be used for accurate sketching and artwork and, of course, taking notes. The Note features an application called S Memo, which is designed to record all forms of user-created content. Pictures, voice recordings, typed text, handwritten notes or drawings can all be captured and converted to a "memo," to be edited, annotated and shared as desired.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 seems to aim towards providing yet another size option for those finicky tablet users out there. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes running Android Honeycomb 3.2 and features a 7.7-inch WXGA Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1.4GHz dual core processor, HSPA+ 21 Mbps connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Samsung has thrown its latest TouchWiz UX over Honeycomb on the Tab 7.7. The latest iteration of Samsung's UI includes a Live Panel menu for customizing the home screen of the device with digital pictures, favorite Web sites and social network feeds. TouchWiz UX also includes a "Mini Apps" tray of commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player which can be launched while other major applications are already in use.

Samsung says to stay tuned for pricing and availability. Check the video below for a quick look at the Samsung Note:

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